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Judge Samuel Alito

President George W. Bush nominated Judge Samuel Alito to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States on October 31, 2005.

Judge Alito currently serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He was appointed to that court by President George H.W. Bush and took his seat in 1990, at age 39, after the U.S. Senate confirmed him unanimously. During that confirmation process, Judge Alito was rated “well-qualified” by the American Bar Association. Prior to joining the federal bench, he served as U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey, one of the nation’s largest and busiest districts.

Before serving as U.S. Attorney, Alito was Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Counsel where he provided constitutional advice for the Executive Branch. He also served under President Reagan as Assistant to the Solicitor General, arguiung twelve cases before the Supreme Court.

Judge Alito received his law degree from Yale Law School and his undergraduate degree from Princeton University. Following law school, Judge Alito clerked for Judge Leonard I. Garth on the Third Circuit.

Judge Alito has served with great distinction on the Third Circuit. He has participated in thousands of appeals and authored hundreds of opinions. He has more judicial experience than any Supreme Court nominee in more than 70 years and more federal judicial experience than 105 of the 109 Justices appointed in U.S. history.

He and his wife, Martha have two children, Phil and Laura.


1990 - Present:

Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit



U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey


Deputy Assistant U.S. Attorney General
Office of Legal Policy


Assistant to the Solicitor General of the United States


Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of New Jersey


Law Clerk, The Honorable Leonard I. Garth
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit




Juris Doctorate, Yale Law School
Editor, Yale Law Journal



Artium Baccalaureum, Princeton University
Phi Beta Kappa


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