Who is Brett Kavanaugh? What you need to know about Trump’s Supreme Court second choice?

President Donald Trump nominated Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh to Supreme Court in 2018 confirmed by the Republican-controlled Senate in a 50-48 vote that followed explosive confirmation hearings centered around an allegation of sexual assault against Kavanaugh by Professor Christine Blasey Ford† Kavanaugh vehemently denied the allegations.

Prior to his appointment to the Supreme Court, Kavanaugh served on the United States Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit for 12 years. Kavanaugh had clerked for several federal judges in the years after graduating from law school, including an internship for Supreme Court Justice he would eventually replace, Anthony Kennedy.

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Judge Brett Kavanaugh is one of President Donald Trump's picks for the Supreme Court.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh is one of President Donald Trump’s picks for the Supreme Court.

Who is Brett Kavanaugh?

Kavanaugh is the 114th justice to serve on the Supreme Court. Kavanaugh was previously a judge on the DC Circuit, a position for which he was nominated by President George W. Bush† Before his time as a judge, Kavanaugh was a top aide to Bush during his presidency. He served in the Bush White House from 2001 to 2006, serving in the White House Counsel’s Office and then as Bush’s secretary of staff. Kavanaugh was a key player in Independent Counsel Ken Starr’s Investigation at the Clinton White House and was part of the Bush campaign’s legal effort over recounts of the 2000 election results.

After graduating from law school, Kavanaugh spent the early 1990s as a clerk for federal judges. His last internship was with Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy during the 1993 Supreme Court term, where he worked next to another lawyer who would ascend to the Supreme CourtAssociate Justice Neil Gorsuch.

How old is Brett Kavanaugh?

Kavanaugh was born on February 12, 1965. He is 57.

Where is Brett Kavanaugh from?

Kavanaugh was born and raised in Washington, DC, where he all boys Georgetown Preparatory Schoolwhere Gorsuch was also a student.

Who nominated Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court?

Trump nominated Kavanaugh in 2018.

Who replaced Brett Kavanaugh?

Replace Kavanaugh retiring Associate Justice Kennedy

Is Brett Kavanaugh Liberal or Conservative?

Kavanaugh is one of six conservatives on the nine-member court.

What is Brett Kavanaugh’s Party Band?

Kavanaugh worked for a Republican presidential administration, was nominated by a Republican president and confirmed by a Republican-controlled Senate, but his party membership as a voter is unknown. An investigation by judicial viewing group Fix The Court no party registration information for Kavanaugh was found when examining the voter registries of Supreme Court justices.

How does Brett Kavanaugh vote?

Kavanaugh largely agrees with the court conservatives. In the term of 2020 he voted with Associate Justice Amy Comey Barrett and Chief Justice John Roberts 86% and 95% of the time, respectively, according to the Harvard Law Review. He voted 68% and 61% of the time, respectively, with liberal Associate Justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor.

Is Kavanaugh an originalist?

Kavanaugh is widely regarded as embracing an original legal philosophy, popular among right-wing conservatives. Originalists believe the words of the Constitution should be interpreted as having the same meaning as their authors would have understood when they ratified the founding document.

“A judge must interpret the constitution as written”, Kavanaugh said in a speech during his swearing in. “Informed by history and tradition and precedent.”

Where did Brett Kavanaugh go to school?

In 1987, Kavanaugh received a bachelor’s degree from Yale College. He received his law degree from Yale Law School in 1990.

What is a notable opinion of Brett Kavanaugh?

Legal experts are still discussing a consensus Kavanaugh wrote in 2020 about whether criminal suspects should be convicted by a unanimous jury. In a 6-3 opinion, the Supreme Court ruled that the Sixth Amendment requires unanimous juries† What made Kavanaugh’s unified opinion interesting is that he laid out how he decides when it’s appropriate to overturn a precedent, a calculation that will be closely watched over the coming months and years — including in the context of abortion.

Is Brett Kavanaugh Catholic?

Yes, Kavanaugh is one of six Catholic judges on the court, most of whom are conservatives.

Who is Brett Kavanaugh’s wife?

Kavanaugh married Ashley Estes Kavanaugh in 2004 was a longtime assistant to Bush, dating back to his days as governor of Texas. She worked on the Bush-Cheney presidential campaign before taking on various positions in the White House.

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Brett Kavanaugh: What You Need to Know About Trump’s Second SCOTUS Nominee

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