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Biography of Associate Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr.


Biography of Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court Samuel A. Alito, Jr.

Birth, Early Life and Education:
Samuel A. Alito, Jr., was born in April, 1950, in Trenton, New Jersey. Alito attended Steinert High School in Hamilton, New Jersey. Alito received his bachelor’s degree from Princeton University in 1972 and then attended Yale Law School, where he served as an editor on the Yale Law Journal. Alito earned his J.D. from Yale in 1975.

Following his graduation from Princeton in 1972, Alito was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Signal Corps and assigned to the Army Reserve. After graduating from Yale Law School in 1975, he was assigned to active duty and attended the Officer Basic Course for Signal Corps officers at Fort Gordon, Georgia. Alito held the rank of Captain when he received an Honorable Discharge in 1980.

Legal Experience Highlights:
From 1977-1980, Alito served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the appellate division, where he argued cases before the circuit court to which he was later appointed.

From 1981-1985, Alito served as Assistant to the Solicitor General, a position in which he argued 12 cases on behalf of the federal government in the U.S. Supreme Court and he has argued numerous others before the federal courts of appeals.

From 1985-1987, Alito served in the Office of Legal Counsel as Deputy Assistant Attorney General.

From 1987-1989, Alito served as U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey where he is best know for prosecuting white collar and environmental crimes, drug trafficking, organized crime, and violations of civil rights.

In 1990, President George H. Bush nominated Judge Alito to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Alito was unanimously confirmed by voice vote by the U.S. Senate.

On October 31, 2005, President George W. Bush nominated Alito to the position of Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, to replace retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.

Senate Confirmations:
Alito was confirmed by a 58-42 vote of the U.S. Senate on January 31, 2006. Alito serves as the 110th justice appointed to the Supreme Court.

Personal Life
Alito and his wife Martha-Ann live in West Caldwell, New Jersey with their two children: Philip and Laura

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