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  1. Anthony Kennedy, in full Anthony McLeod Kennedy, (born July 23, 1936, Sacramento, California, U.S.), associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1988 to 2018. Kennedy received a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University in 1958 and a law degree from Harvard University in 1961. He was admitted to the bar in 1962 and subsequently practiced law in San Francisco and Sacramento, California.

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    In his years of private practice, Kennedy followed his father’s political affiliation in the Republican Party. He worked as a lobbyist in California and became friends with Ed Meese, another lobbyist with close ties to Ronald Reagan. Kennedy assisted then-Governor Reagan in drafting Proposition 1, a ballot initiative to cut state spending. Though t...

    Early in his tenure, Kennedy proved to be markedly conservative. In his first term, he voted with Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist and Justice Antonin Scalia, two of the court's most conservative members, more than 90 percent of the time. With Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, Kennedy contributed critical votes that led to winning conservative majorit...

    On June 25, 2015, Kennedy voted in favor of upholding a key component of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama’s health care law, also known as Obamacare. The 6 to 3 ruling preserved the law, allowing the federal government to provide nationwide tax subsidies to help Americans buy health insurance. Justice Kennedy joined fellow Repub...

    It was in the case of Lawrence v. Texasthat Supreme Court observers noted Justice Kennedy became a leading proponent of using foreign and international law as an aid to interpreting the U.S. Constitution. He referred to foreign laws enacted by the Parliament of the United Kingdom and the European Court of Human Rights in supporting his decision. Th...

  2. Anthony McLeod Kennedy (born July 23, 1936) is an American lawyer and jurist who served as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1988 until his retirement in 2018. He was nominated to the court in 1987 by President Ronald Reagan , and sworn in on February 18, 1988.

  3. Jun 27, 2018 · Justice Anthony Kennedy, seen here during congressional testimony in 2015, has played a pivotal role on the Supreme Court since he was sworn in 30 years ago. Pete Marovich/Bloomberg via Getty Images.

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    Birth date: July 23, 1936 Birth place: Sacramento, California Birth name: Anthony McLeod Kennedy Father: Anthony J. Kennedy, lawyer and lobbyist Mother: Gladys (McLeod) Kennedy, civic leader Marriage: Mary (Davis) Kennedy (1963-present) Children: Justin, Gregory and Kristin Education: London School of Economics, 1957-1958; Stanford University B.A. ...

    He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. While a Sacramento lawyer in private practice, he was also a lobbyist. His nomination to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals by President Gerald Ford was a result of his being recommended by California’s then governor, Ronald Reagan. He is known for his reverence for legal precedent, for creating unlikely coalitions a...

    1962 -Kennedy is admitted to the California Bar. 1961-1963- Practices law at the firm of Thelen, Marrin, John & Bridges in San Francisco. 1963 -After his father’s sudden death, Kennedy takes over his law practice in Sacramento. 1965-1988- Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law. 1973 -Helps draft Pr...

  4. Jun 27, 2018 · Justice Kennedy, who wrote the majority opinion in 2016, was a critical vote in the unexpected decision to deny a challenge to a race-conscious admissions program at the University of Texas at Austin.

  5. Jul 1, 2018 · Justice Kennedy, 81, has been a critical swing vote on the sharply polarized court for nearly three decades as he embraced liberal views on gay rights, abortion and the death penalty but helped ...

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