Samuel A. Alito Jr.

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Samuel A. Alito Jr.

Political Leaning (based on voting decisions): Right

Voting Record on Issues:

  • Same-sex marriage: against (right)
  • Obamacare: against (right)
  • Gun Control: against (right)
  • Abortion: against (right)
  • Environment: against (right)

Appointed by: George W. Bush

Samuel A. Alito Jr. was born on April 1, 1950, in Trenton, New Jersey to Italian immigrants. He was raised as a Catholic. His father was a teacher and his mother was a school principal. Alito went to high school at Steinert High School and excelled in academics. After he graduated, he gained admittance into Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. There, he held a conference to limit domestic intelligence, decriminalizing sodomy, and ending employment discrimination against homosexuals. After graduating in 1972, Alito became the Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Signal Corps and was assigned to the U.S. Army Reserve. He eventually went on to attend Yale Law School and was the editor of the Yale Law Journal. Once he graduated from there in 1975, he served in the military, achieved the rank of captain, and earned an honorable discharge in 1980.

Then in 1976, he began to serve as a law clerk for Leonard I. Garth of the U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit for one year. After, he was Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of New Jersey from 1977-1981. Then, an assistant to the Solicitor General, U.S. Department of Justice from 1981-1985. Then, a Deputy Assistant Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice beginning in 1985 and ending in 1987. Then, a U.S. Attorney, District of New Jersey from 1987-1990. After, in 1990, President George H.W. Bush appointed him to the U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, where he served for 16 years. Finally, President George W. Bush nominated Alito to take the place of retiring Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. He was confirmed by a small margin: 58-42.