Samuel Alito

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Samuel Alito
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Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
Assumed office
January 31, 2006
Nominated byGeorge W. Bush
Preceded bySandra Day O'Connor
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
In office
April 30, 1990 – January 31, 2006
Nominated byGeorge H. W. Bush
Preceded byJohn Joseph Gibbons
Succeeded byJoseph Greenaway
United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey
In office
December 28, 1987 – April 30, 1990
PresidentRonald Reagan
George H. W. Bush
Preceded byThomas Greelish
Succeeded byMichael Chertoff
Personal details
Born
Samuel Anthony Alito Jr.

(1950-04-01) April 1, 1950 (age 69)
Trenton, New Jersey, U.S.
Political partyRepublican[1]
Spouse(s)Martha Bomgardner (1985–present)
EducationPrinceton University (BA)
Yale University (JD)
Signature
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Army
Years of service1972–1980
RankUS-O3 insignia.svg Captain
UnitArmy 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]

Background[change | change source]

Alito was born to Italian American parents. He served in the U.S. Army reserves from 1972-1980, 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]

  1. 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.
  2. Babington, Charles (February 1, 2006). "Alito Is Sworn In On High Court: Senators Confirm Conservative Judge Largely on Party Lines". The Washington Post.