Samuel Anthony Alito Jr. (// 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. He is the second Italian-American justice to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, after Antonin Scalia, and the eleventh Roman Catholic.
|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 A. Greenaway Jr.|
|United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey|
December 10, 1987 – April 30, 1990
|Preceded by||Thomas Greelish|
|Succeeded by||Michael Chertoff|
Samuel Anthony Alito Jr.
April 1, 1950
Trenton, New Jersey, U.S.
|Branch/service||United States Army|
|Years of service||1972–1980|
|Unit||Signal Corps (Reserve)|
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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". He has described himself as a "practical originalist". 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.