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Associate Justice Stephen G. Breyer

Associate Justice Stephen G. Breyer

  • Born on August 15, 1938, in San Francisco, CA.
  • Married Joanna Hare in 1967. They have three children: Chloe, Nell, and Michael.
  • Attended Stanford University (B.A., 1959); Harvard Law School (J.D., 1964)
  • Served as a law clerk to Arthur Goldberg, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, 1964-5
  • Nominated to the Supreme Court by President Bill Clinton on May 13, 1994 to fill the seat of retiring Justice Harry Blackmun.
  • The Senate confirmed him by a vote of 87-9 and him took the oath on August 3, 1994.
  • Justice Breyer was the second-longest-serving junior Justice in the history of the Court, missing the record by 29 days when Justice Alito was appointed.
  • He has discussed his judicial philosophy, which he calls Active Liberty in his book of the same name.  Justice Breyer urges judges to interpret the Constitution with attention to the democratic intentions of the framers, rather than with a strict word-for-word limitation.

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