Samuel Alito

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Samuel Alito
Samuel Alito official photo.jpg
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
In office
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
In office
December 28, 1987 – April 30, 1990
President Ronald Reagan
George H. W. Bush
Preceded by Thomas Greelish
Succeeded by Michael Chertoff
Personal details
Born Samuel Anthony Alito Jr.
(1950-04-01) April 1, 1950 (age 68)
Trenton, New Jersey, U.S.
Political party Republican[1]
Spouse(s) Martha Bomgardner (1985–present)
Education Princeton University (BA)
Yale University (JD)
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch  United States Army
Years of service 1972–1980
Rank US-O3 insignia.svg Captain
Unit Army Reserve
Signal Corps

Samuel Anthony Alito, Jr. (/əˈlt/; 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.[2]

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Alito was born to Italian American parents. He served in the U.S. Army reserves years before joining the Supreme Court. Alito often favors a Republican view of the law. The vote by the U.S. Senate to make Alito a judge was one of the closest in U.S. History, because many Democrats did not want five Republicans on the court. Alito is from Trenton, New Jersey.

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