Identifying Current U.S. Supreme Court Justices

Part of the Constitutional Law For Dummies Cheat Sheet

The justices on the Supreme Court interpret the Constitution, which affects everyone in this country. As you study constitutional law, knowing the justices and their interpretive styles helps you make sense of big decisions and predict future outcomes.

Chief Justice:

  • John G. Roberts: Born 1955, seated on the Supreme Court 2005 (appointed by President George W. Bush)

Associate Justices:

  • Antonin Scalia: Born 1936, seated on the Supreme court 1986 (appointed by President Ronald Reagan)

  • Anthony M. Kennedy: Born 1936, seated on the Supreme Court 1988 (appointed by President Ronald Reagan)

  • Clarence Thomas: Born 1948, seated on the Supreme Court 1991 (appointed by President George H. W. Bush)

  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Born 1933, seated on the Supreme Court 1993 (appointed by President Bill Clinton)

  • Stephen G. Breyer: Born 1938, seated on the Supreme Court 1994 (appointed by President Bill Clinton)

  • Samuel Anthony Alito, Jr.: Born 1950, seated on the Supreme Court 2006 (appointed by President George W. Bush)

  • Sonia Sotomayor: Born 1954, seated on the Supreme Court 2009 (appointed by President Barack Obama)

  • Elena Kagan: Born 1960, seated on the Supreme Court 2010 (appointed by President Barack Obama)

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