John G. Roberts

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John G. Roberts

Political Leaning (based on voting decisions): Right of the Center

Voting Record on Issues:

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

Appointed by: George W. Bush

John G. Roberts was born on January 27, 1955 in Buffalo, New York. He grew up as a Catholic. He attended Notre Dame Elementary, which was a Catholic grade school. After, he went to La Lumiere School, which was a Catholic boarding school in La Porte, Indiana. Roberts was very devoted to his studies. He became the captain of his high school football team at La Lumiere because of his great leadership skills and his excellence in wrestling. He graduated from La Lumiere in 1973. He then attended Harvard College and earned his A.B. there in 1976. Then he proceeded to receive his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1979. Roberts was in Harvard Law School when he found his interest in law. He became the editor of the Harvard Law Review.

Because he excelled at Harvard Law School, he was hired to clerk for Judge Henry Friendly of the U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit. Then he became the clerk for Justice William Rehnquist of the Supreme Court. Working for the two is said to have impacted Roberts’s conservative view on the law. President H.W. Bush attempted to nominate Roberts for the Supreme Court, but the Senate didn’t vote in time, and President Bush’s term expired. Then when President George W. Bush came into office, he appointed Roberts on the U.S. Court of Appeals, and there was little opposition. Eventually, when July 19, 2005 came around, Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor retired, and President Bush nominated Roberts to fill her vacancy. But on September 6, Bush removed the nomination moved it over to the position as Chief Justice. The Senate finally approved with a 78-22 vote.