Members of the Supreme Court

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Antonin Scalia

Appointed from Washington DC Appeals Court

First Italian American Supreme Court Justice

Born in New Jersey, in 1936

Appointed by Reagan in `1986

Is a Roman Catholic

Strict constructionist

1 of 9

Anthony Kennedy

Appointed from appeals court in California

Often is the swing vote on 5-4 decisions.

Born in California in 1936

Appointed by Reagan in 1988 (this followed Bork's controversial nomination)

Is a Roman Catholic

Strict constructionist, but often votes in line with liberals (eg upholding Roe vs Wade and voting for Lawerence vs Texas)

2 of 9

Clarence Thomas

Appointed from appeals court in Washington DC

The second African American to serve, after Thurgood Marshall

Born in Georgia in 1948

Appointed by Bush Sr in 1991

Is a Roman Catholic

Strict constructionist

3 of 9

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Appointed from appeals court in Washington DC

First Jewish female Justice

Born in New York in 1933

Appointed by Clinton in 1993

Is Jewish

Loose constructionist

4 of 9

Stephen Breyer

Appointed from an appeals court in Massachusetts

Only male on the more liberal side of the Court

Appointed by Clinton in 1994

Born in California in 1938

Is Jewish

Loose constructionist

5 of 9

John Roberts

Appointed from a DC court

Is the current Chief Justice

Born in New York in 1955

Appointed by Bush Jr in 2005

Is Roman Catholic

Strict constructionist

6 of 9

Samuel Alito

Appointed from an appeals court in New Jersey

He is the second Italian American on the Court

Born in New Jersey, in  1950

Appointed by Bush Jr in 2006

Is Roman Catholic

Strict constructionist

7 of 9

Sonia Sotomeyer

Appointed from a appeals court in New York

The first Hispanic Supreme Court Justice

Born in New York in 1954

Appointed by Obama in 2009

Is Roman Catholic

Loose constructionist

8 of 9

Elena Kagan

Appointed from being the Solicitor General

She was previously Dean of Harvard Law School

Born in New York in 1960

Appointed by Obama in 2010

Is Roman Catholic

Loose constructionist

9 of 9

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