Anthony M. Kennedy


Anthony M. Kennedy

Political Leaning (based on voting decisions): Left of Center

Voting Record on Issues:

  • Same-sex marriage: in favor of (left)
  • Obamacare: in favor of (left)
  • Gun Control: against (right)
  • Abortion: in favor of (left)
  • Environment: neutral

Appointed by: Ronald Raegan

Anthony Kennedy was born on July 23, 1936 in Sacramento, California. He was raised in a Catholic family and was the son of Anthony J. Kennedy and Gladys McLeod. He developed an interest in politics at a young age. After graduating from McClatchy High School in 1954, he attended Stanford University, similarly to his mother. He became extremely fascinated by constitutional law there. He earned his B.A. from Stanford University and London School of Economics and his LL.B. at Harvard Law School. Kennedy is currently married to Mary Davis and has three children with her.

He first took a job as a professor of constitutional law at the University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law. Then in 1961, he became a member of the California Army National Guard during the period of the Vietnam War. During his years of practice, Kennedy assisted Governor Raegan in a ballot initiative to cut state spending. Although the proposition failed, Raegan was still grateful for Kennedy’s help and proceeded to recommend him to President Ford for an appointment to the U.S. Court of Appeals. There, he was the youngest federal appeals court judge in the country at age 38. Then after Robert H. Bork was rejected by the Senate after being nominated by President Raegan to fill the missing position in the Supreme Court, Kennedy was nominated and confirmed in 1988 by a 97-0 decision.