Samuel Alito

Samuel Anthony Alito Jr. (/əˈlt/ ə-LEE-toh; born April 1, 1950) is an American lawyer and jurist who serves as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. He was nominated by President George W. Bush on October 31, 2005, and has served since January 31, 2006.[2] He is the second Italian-American justice to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, after Antonin Scalia, and the eleventh Roman Catholic.

Samuel Alito
Official portrait, 2007
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 A. Greenaway Jr.
United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey
In office
December 10, 1987[1]  April 30, 1990
President
Preceded byThomas Greelish
Succeeded byMichael Chertoff
Personal details
Born
Samuel Anthony Alito Jr.

(1950-04-01) April 1, 1950 (age 72)
Trenton, New Jersey, U.S.
Spouse(s)
Martha-Ann Bomgardner
(m. 1985)
Children2
Education
Signature
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Army
Years of service1972–1980
RankCaptain
UnitSignal Corps (Reserve)

Raised in Hamilton Township, New Jersey, and educated at Princeton University and Yale Law School, Alito served as the U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey and a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) before joining the Supreme Court. He is the 110th justice.

In 2013, Alito was considered "one of the most conservative justices on the Court".[3] He has described himself as a "practical originalist".[4] Alito's majority opinions in landmark cases include McDonald v. Chicago, Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, Murphy v. NCAA, Janus v. AFSCME, and Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization.


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