Judge Samuel Alito
Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court
Samuel Anthony Alito, Jr., was born in April 1950 in Trenton, New Jersey. He received an undergraduate degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, then received his Juris Doctor from Yale Law School. While at Princeton, he took time to study in Italy, writing a thesis on that country’s legal system. He was a member of the school’s Army ROTC program, attending a six-week basic training camp at Fort Knox, Kentucky. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army Signal Corps and assigned to the United States Army Reserve. He served a period of active duty after graduating from Yale and was a captain when he received an honorable discharge.
After law school, he clerked for the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, before becoming Assistant United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey, a position he held for four years. He was appointed assistant solicitor general of the United States, which gave him the opportunity to litigate a dozen cases before the Supreme Court on behalf of the federal government. After four years in that position, he became Assistant Deputy Attorney General during Edwin Meese’s tenure, later becoming United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey. He has taught constitutional law courses as an adjunct professor at Seton Hall University School of Law in Newark.
Alito was nominated by President George HW Bush to serve as a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He was confirmed by unanimous consent in the Senate and received his commission in April 1990. In 2005, President George W. Bush nominated Alito to a seat on the Supreme Court of the United States, replacing outgoing Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. After a failed filibuster attempt, the Senate confirmed it on a vote close to the party line of 58-42. He took office on January 31, 2006.
He is married to Martha-Ann Bomgardner Alito and they have two adult children. He is Catholic.
In the news…
In October 2020, as the presidential election approached, three Supreme Court justices issued opinions that appeared poised to endorse a legal theory that would radically reshape the way federal elections are run. The theory would give state legislatures an independent power, free from review by state courts, to make election rules at odds with state constitutions and to draw maps of Congress distorted by partisan gerrymandering.
But the Supreme Court has not resolved the existence or scope of the theory, often referred to as the independent state legislature doctrine, in cases involving the 2020 election.
Now, an emergency petition filed in the U.S. Supreme Court by North Carolina lawmakers asks the court to consider restoring an electoral map drawn by the state legislature and dismissed as a partisan gerrymander. by the state Supreme Court. The judges decided to hear the request.
“This case represents an exceptionally important and recurring question of constitutional law, namely, the scope of a state court’s power to overrule rules adopted by a state legislature for the conduct of federal elections,” wrote Judge Samuel Alito. He was joined by Justices Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch.
The case will be heard next week.
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The Honorable Justice Samuel Alito
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