|Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States|
|Assumed office |
January 31, 2006
|Nominated by||George W. Bush|
|Preceded by||Sandra Day O'Connor|
|Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit|
April 30, 1990 – January 31, 2006
|Nominated by||George H. W. Bush|
|Preceded by||John Joseph Gibbons|
|Succeeded by||Joseph Greenaway|
|United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey|
December 28, 1987 – April 30, 1990
George H. W. Bush
|Preceded by||Thomas Greelish|
|Succeeded by||Michael Chertoff|
Samuel Anthony Alito Jr.
April 1, 1950
Trenton, New Jersey, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Martha Bomgardner (1985–present)|
|Education||Princeton University (BA)|
Yale University (JD)
|Branch/service||United States Army|
|Years of service||1972–1980|
Samuel Anthony Alito, Jr. (//; born April 1, 1950) is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. He was nominated by President George W. Bush and has served on the court since January 31, 2006.
Background[change | change source]
Alito was born to Italian American parents. He served in the U.S. Army reserves from 1972 to 1980, as Assistant United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey 1977-1981, as Assistant to U.S. Solicitor General 1981-1985, as Deputy Assistant Attorney General, 1987-1990, and from 1990 on as a member the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit before his 2006 nomination to the Supreme Court. Alito holds an originalist view of the law. The vote by the U.S. Senate to confirm Alito to the Supreme Court judge was the second narrowest in recent U.S. History to that point (58-42), the only narrower one being the 52-48 vote to confirm Clarence Thomas. Alito is from Trenton, New Jersey.
References[change | change source]
- Epstein, Lee; Segal, Jeffrey A.; Spaeth, Harold J.; Walker, Thomas G. (2015). The Supreme Court Compendium: Data, Decisions, and Developments. CQ Press. ISBN 978-1-4833-7663-9.
- Babington, Charles (February 1, 2006). "Alito Is Sworn In On High Court: Senators Confirm Conservative Judge Largely on Party Lines". The Washington Post.