Stephen G. Breyer


Stephen G. Breyer

Political Leaning (based on voting decisions): Left

Voting Record on Issues:

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

Appointed by: Bill Clinton

Stephen Breyer was born on August 15, 1938, in San Francisco, California. He was raised in a middle-class Jewish family. He went to Lowell High School and joined the debate team there. Breyer got an A.B. from Stanford University, an LL.B. from Harvard Law School, and a B.A. at Magdalen College. He married psychologist Joanna Hare, and they had three children together: Chloe, Nell, and Michael.

He first began as a law clerk for Justice Arthur Goldberg of the Supreme Court 1964-65 term. Breyer also briefly served in the army in 1957. Then he became a Special Assistant to the U.S. Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust from 1965-1967. After, from 1967-1994, he worked as an assistant professor, a professor of law, and lecturer at Harvard Law School, and then a professor at the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government from 1977-1980. In 1973, he was an Assistant Special Prosecutor of the Watergate Special Prosecution Force. After, he became a Special Counsel of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee from 1974-1975, then as Chief Counsel of the committee from 1979-1980. Eventually, from 1980-1990, he was a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit, and then served as the Chief Judge from 1990-1994. President Bill Clinton nominated Breyer as a replacement for Harry Blackmun in 1994, and was approved by the Senate with a vote of 87-9.