- Also Known As:
- Justice Anthony Kennedy
- Date of Birth:
- June 23, 1936
Anthony Kennedy (born Anthony McLeod Kennedy on June 23, 1936 in Sacramento, California) is an American Supreme Court Justice. As a boy, Anthony met prominent politicians of the day, such as future Chief Justice Earl Warren. As a youth, Anthony served as a page in the California State Senate. He attended Stanford University and graduated in 1958 with a degree in Political Science. He graduated cum laude with a law degree from Harvard in 1961. He worked as a lawyer in the 1960’s and 70’s, while teaching Constitutional Law at the University of the Pacific. Anthony continues to teach law students at the University, and remains the Law School’s longest-serving active faculty member. As a lawyer, Anthony served in numerous positions, working with the California Army National Guard and on the board of the Federal Judicial Center. Anthony helped out Governor Ronald Reagan draft a state tax proposal, and when became President, Reagan nominated Anthony to the Supreme Court in 1987. He was confirmed in February 3, 1988, and has served on the Supreme Court ever since. As a Justice known for holding moderate political viewpoints, he is considered a swing vote when it comes to major decisions. Anthony is credited with being the key vote in the June 2015 ruling that legalized same-sex marriage in America.
Best Known For:
Anthony Kennedy is best known as a Justice on the United States Supreme Court, having served since his appointment in 1988.
Outside of the Supreme Court, Justice Kennedy has called for the reform of the American prison system. Anthony spends his summers in Salzburg, Austria, where he teaches international and American Law at the University of Salzburg. He married Mary Davis in 1963. They have they have three children together.