What are the Current Ages of the Supreme Court Justices?

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Supreme Court justices seem to have extraordinary longevity. Most serve for more than a decade. Just how old are the current Supreme Court justices? Here’s a list of the current Supreme Court justices in 2018, their ages at the time of their appointment, and who nominated them.

Neil Gorsuch

  • Born: August 29, 1967
  • Age at time of appointment: 49

Neil Gorsuch was nominated by Donald Trump and sworn in on April 7, 2017. He replaced Antonin Scalia. Gorsuch received his degree from Harvard Law School. Before his appointment, he worked at a Washington, D.C., law firm and then at the U.S. Department of Justice. In 2006, he was named to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.


Elena Kagan

  • Born: April 28, 1960
  • Age at time of appointment: 50

Elena Kagan was nominated by former President Barack Obama and sworn in on August 7, 2010. She is the fourth woman to serve on the Supreme Court (the other three are Sandra Day O’Connor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Sonia Sotomayor). Kagan received her degree from Harvard Law School. She became the first woman to serve as solicitor general of the United States in 2009.


John Roberts

  • Born: January 27, 1955
  • Age at time of appointment: 50

John Roberts was nominated by former President George W. Bush and sworn in on September 29, 2005. Roberts received his degree from Harvard Law School. Before being appointed Chief Justice of the United States in 2005, he served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for two years.


Sonia Sotomayor

  • Born: June 25, 1954
  • Age at time of appointment: 55

Sonia Sotomayor was nominated by former President Barack Obama and sworn in on August 8, 2009. She became the first Latina Supreme Court justice in United States history. Sotomayor received her degree from Yale Law School. Before becoming a Supreme Court justice, she was a U.S. District Court judge in 1992 and then served on the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals in 1998.


Samuel Alito

  • Born: April 1, 1950
  • Age at time of appointment: 55

Samuel Alito was nominated by former President George H.W. Bush and sworn in on January 31, 2006. Alito received his degree from Yale Law School and later served in several roles under the Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations.


Clarence Thomas

  • Born: June 23, 1948
  • Age at time of appointment: 43

Clarence Thomas was nominated by former President George H.W. Bush and sworn in on October 23, 1991. He was the second African American to serve on the court, replacing Thurgood Marshall. Thomas received his degree from Yale Law School and later served in different roles under the administrations of presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.


Stephen Breyer

  • Born: August 15, 1938
  • Age at time of appointment: 56

Stephen Breyer was nominated by former President Bill Clinton and sworn in on August 3, 1994. Breyer received his degree from Harvard Law School. He then taught law at his alma mater and worked as an assistant prosecutor during the Watergate hearings. In 2010 he wrote the book Making Our Democracy Work.


Ruth Bader Ginsburg

  • Born: March 15, 1933
  • Age at time of appointment: 60

Ruth Bader Ginsburg was nominated by former President Bill Clinton and sworn in on August 10, 1993. She is the second woman to be appointed to this position.  Ginsburg received her degree from Columbia Law School. After college, she advocated for the equal treatment of women and worked alongside the American Civil Liberty Union’s Women’s Rights Project. Before her current role, she was appointed by former President Jimmy Carter to the U.S. Court of Appeals in 1980.

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