Samuel Alito

US Supreme Court justice since 2006 (born 1950) / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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

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Samuel Alito
Official portrait of Supreme Court Justice 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  April 30, 1990
Preceded byThomas Greelish
Succeeded byMichael Chertoff
Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel
In office
PresidentRonald Reagan
Personal details
Samuel Anthony Alito Jr.

(1950-04-01) April 1, 1950 (age 73)
Trenton, New Jersey, U.S.
Martha-Ann Bomgardner
(m. 1985)
SignatureCursive signature in ink
Military service
AllegianceFlag_of_the_United_States.svg United States
Branch/serviceFlag_of_the_United_States_Army.svg United States Army
Years of service1972–1980
RankUS-O3_insignia.svg Captain
UnitSignal Corps (Reserve)

Alito was raised in Hamilton Township, New Jersey, and was educated at Princeton University and Yale Law School. After graduating from law school, he worked as an assistant attorney general for the Office of Legal Counsel and served as the U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey. In 1990, Alito was appointed as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, where he served until joining the Supreme Court. He has called himself a "practical originalist" and has been described as one of the Court's "most conservative justices".

Alito wrote the majority opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization (2022), in which the Supreme Court overturned its 1973 abortion rights decision Roe v. Wade. He has also written majority opinions in the landmark cases McDonald v. Chicago, Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, Murphy v. NCAA, and Janus v. AFSCME.

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