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*At any given time, there may be only 8, or even fewer justices serving on the US Supreme Court. Justices may die in office, or retire. As of early 2016, the serving Justices are:

John G. Roberts, Jr., Chief Justice of the United States, was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 2003. President George W. Bush nominated him as Chief Justice of the United States, after the death of former Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist. He joined the Court on September 29, 2005.

Anthony M. Kennedy, Associate Justice, was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in 1975. President Reagan nominated him as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court in 1988.

Clarence Thomas, Associate Justice, became a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 1990. President Bush nominated him as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court in 1991.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice, was appointed a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 1980. President Clinton nominated her as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court in 1993.

Stephen G. Breyer, Associate Justice, served as a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and as its Chief Judge, 1990-1994. He also served as a member of the Judicial Conference of the United States, 1990-1994, and of the United States Sentencing Commission, 1985-1989. President Clinton nominated him as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court in 1994.

Samuel Anthony Alito, Jr., Associate Justice, was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in 1990. President George W. Bush nominated him as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court in 2006.

Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice, was nominated to the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York by George HW Bush. She served in that capacity from 1992-1998, then became a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit from 1998-2009. President Barack Obama nominated her as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court in 2009.

Elena Kagan, Associate Justice, was nominated to the position of US Solicitor General by President Obama in 2009. She served as Associate White House Counsel under the Clinton Administration from 1995-1999. Kagan, an expert on Constitutional Law, was a former law professor and Dean of Harvard Law School. President Obama nominated her as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court in 2010.

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* The most recent Associate Justice to die in office (February 13, 2016) was

Antonin Scalia, Associate Justice, who had been appointed Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 1982. President Reagan nominated him as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court in 1986.

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According to official US Senate records, President George Washington nominated the first six justices of the Supreme Court on September 24, 1789. They were confirmed by voice vote in the Senate on September 26, 1789.

The Justices are listed in the following order, which reflects the confirmation sequence:

  1. John Jay (Chief Justice)
  2. John Rutledge
  3. William Cushing
  4. Robert Harrison
  5. James Wilson
  6. John Blair

Although Chief Justice John Jay was nominated and confirmed first, Associate Justice James Wilson was first to take the Oath of Office and thus, arguably, the first US Supreme Court justice.

Robert Harrison declined his commission, so President Washington nominated James Iredell to replace Harrison on February 8, 1790. Iredell was confirmed on February 10, 1790.

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The original Justices were:

Chief Justice:

John Jay, New York

Associate Justices:

John Rutledge, South Carolina

William Cushing, Massachusetts

James Wilson, Pennsylvania

John Blair, Virginia

James Iredell, North Carolina

The US Supreme Court convened for the first time on February 2, 1790, pursuant to the Judiciary Act of 1789, which created the federal court system.

The original six members, one Chief Justice and five Associate Justices, were all nominated by President Washington and confirmed by the United States Senate.

Note that, although John Rutledge was an official member of the Court, he never attended any sessions or rode circuit like the other justices, but continued working as a court of common pleas judge in South Carolina until his resignation in mid-1791.

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President George Washington nominated the first justices, and the Senate approved them.

In accordance with the US Constitution, Article II, Section 2, Paragraph 2, the active President nominates candidates for the Supreme Court, and the Senate investigates and approves the nomination. The justice then receives a commission, making him (or her) an official member of the Court.


Article II, Section 2, Paragraph 2:

"He shall have power, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, to make treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, shall appoint ambassadors, other public ministers and consuls, judges of the Supreme Court, and all other officers of the United States, whose appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by law: but the Congress may by law vest the appointment of such inferior officers, as they think proper, in the President alone, in the courts of law, or in the heads of departments."

Congress established the rudiments of the federal judiciary system and Supreme Court in the Judiciary Act of 1789. George Washington was President at that time, and he nominated all the justices of the first Court, which, at the time, consisted of one chief justice and six associate justices.

Chief Justice:
John Jay, New York

Associate Justices:
John Rutledge, South Carolina
William Cushing, Massachusetts
James Wilson, Pennsylvania
John Blair, Virginia
James Iredell, North Carolina


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As of Elena Kagan's confirmation on August 7, 2010, there have been a total of 112 justices since the court first convened in February 1790. Of those, 17 have been Chief Justices, and 95 have been Associate Justices.

For a list of all past and current Justices, see Related Links, below.

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John G. Roberts, Jr.

Associate Justices

Antonin Scalia

Clarence Thomas

Anthony Kennedy

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Stephen Breyer

Samuel Alito

Sonia Sotomayor

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Have there been any lawyers who are or were US Supreme Court justices?

All 112 justices in the history of the US Supreme Court (as of 2011) have been lawyers.


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What type of vote is required for a majority decision in the US Supreme Court?

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