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John G. Roberts, Jr.

John G. Roberts, Jr.AKA John Glover Roberts, Jr.

Born: 27-Jan-1955
Birthplace: Buffalo, NY

Gender: Male
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Judge
Party Affiliation: Republican

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: US Chief Justice

Clerk for William Rehnquist, 1980-81, and after that special assistant to US Attorney General William French Smith. Private practice, 1986-89 and 1993-2003, associate for Hogan & Hartson and partner from 1993 onward. In 2003, his gross income at Hogan was $1.04M. For 1989-93 he was Principal Deputy Solicitor General, responsible for arguing 32 cases in the US Supreme Court. As of his nomination, he served on the US Court of Appeals for District of Columbia Circuit.

A conservative, though the paper trail on him is thin. He believes in a narrow interpretation of the Constitution and limited government. In one of his briefs he stated that "we continue to believe that Roe was wrongly decided and should be overruled" -- but in later confirmation testimony stated "Roe v. Wade is the settled law of the land... There's nothing in my personal views that would prevent me from fully and faithfully applying that precedent." George W. Bush nominated Roberts to replace Sandra Day O'Connor in a televised broadcast on 19 July 2005. Roberts was sworn in on 29 September 2005.

Father: (Bethlehem Steel manager)
Sister: Kathy
Sister: Peggy
Sister: Barbara
Wife: Jane Sullivan Roberts (m. 1996, two children adopted)
Son: Jack
Daughter: Josie

    High School: (Indiana)
    University: AB, Harvard University (1976, summa cum laude)
    Law School: JD, Harvard Law School (1979, magna cum laude)

    US Supreme Court Justice (2005-)
    Hogan & Hartson Partner (1989-2003)
    US Justice Department Principal Depy. Solicitor General (1989-93)
    Hogan & Hartson Associate (1986-89)
    White House Staff Associate Counsel (1982-86)
    US Justice Department Special Asst. to the Atty. General (1981-82)
    Law Clerk for William Rehnquist, US Supreme Court (1980-81)
    Law Clerk for Henry Friendly, US Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit (1979-80)
    Harvard Law Review Managing Editor (1978-79)
    Hogan & Hartson Associate (1993-)
    Bethlehem Steel (summer jobs)
    Alfalfa Club (2007)
    American Academy of Arts and Sciences 2006
    American College of Trial Lawyers Honorary Fellow
    Bush-Quayle '88 Lawyers for Bush/Quayle (D.C.), Executive Committee, Opposition Research
    Federalist Society (he disputes this)
    George W. Bush for President
    National Legal Center for the Public Interest Legal Advisory Council
    Republican National Lawyers Association
    Smithsonian Institution Chancellor
    Funeral: Gerald Ford (2007)
    Brain Seizure (1993)
    Brain Seizure Port Clyde, ME (30-Jul-2007)
    Risk Factors: Epilepsy


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