Judge John G. Roberts, Jr of the US Circuit Court of Appeals:
In 2 years as judge, Roberts authored 40 opinions, only 3 of which drew dissent, and won 25 of 39 cases he argued in the Supreme Court. Roberts will be confirmed by the Senate, barring major new revelations.
Advisor to Florida Governor Jeb Bush in 2000 Presidential election:
Roberts' partisanship during the recount causes some Democrats, including Rep. Robert Wexler(D-FL) to suggest that his nomination should be rejected by the Senate.
Legal Career Path:
- Law clerk, Justice Rehnquist, US Supreme Court, 1980-1981
- Special assistant to attorney general, Department of Justice, 1981-1982
- Associate counsel to President Reagan, White House Counsel's Office, 1982-1986
- Attorney at prestigious Hogan & Hartson, the oldest and largest law firm in Washington, DC, 1986-1989, 1993-2003
- Deputy solicitor general under President Bush, Department of Justice, 1989-1993
Judiciary Career Path:
- 2001 - Nominated to US Court of Appeals by Bush 2, but blocked by Democrats on Senate Judiciary Committee
- 2003 - Nominated to US Court of Appeals by Bush 2. Confirmed by Republican-led Senate without roll call vote.
- 2005 - Nominated to US Supreme Court to fill vacancy left by retiring Justice O'Connor
Connections to Bush Family Campaigns & Republican Groups:
Member, Lawyers for Bush-Cheney (major player in 2000 Florida recount)
Member, National Republican Lawyer Association
Known campaign contributions: $1000 to George Bush, 2000; $1000 to Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN), 2000; $1235 to Senator Peter Fitzgerald (R-IL), 1998; $5675 to Hogan & Hartson PAC, 1993-2000.
Birth - January 27, 1955 in Buffalo, New York
Education - BA (in 3 years) in History from Harvard University in 1976; JD from Harvard Law School in 1979, where he was managing editor of the Harvard Law Review.
Family - Married to Jane Sullivan Roberts since 1996; two adopted children, Josie, age 5 and Jack, age 4. The children attend an Episcopal Day School.
Faith - A lifelong Catholic
Hobbies - Golf, reading
Growing Up John Roberts:
The John G. Roberts, Jr Persona:
Roberts has a reputation for being quiet and reserved, with a brilliant mind and a pleasant personality. Senator Jon Corzine (D-NJ) describes Roberts as "a man of high character."