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Antonin Scalia
Portrait of Antonin Scalia, Associate Justice, U.S. Supreme Court
Born
Antonin Gregory Scalia

(1936-03-11)March 11, 1936
Died February 12/13, 2016 (aged 79)
Alma mater Georgetown University
Harvard Law School
Office Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
Predecessor William Rehnquist
Successor Vacant
Political party Republican
Spouse(s)
Maureen McCarthy (m. 1960)
Children 9, including Eugene
Signature
A cursive, not particularly legible "Antonin Scalia"

Antonin Gregory Scalia (March 11, 1936February 13, 2016) was a Conservative jurist on the Supreme Court of the United States. He was an Associate Justice. Scalia was put on the Court in 1986 by Ronald Reagan and was the longest-serving justice on the Court. Before becoming a justice, he was on the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and was a law professor. He was a Roman Catholic born to Italian American parents. He was the first Italian-American on the Court.

Scalia was born in Trenton, New Jersey, but grew up in Queens, New York. Scalia went to Georgetown University, the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, and Harvard Law School. He began his career in Cleveland, Ohio and traveled to Chicago, Illinois during his early life.

Scalia was noted for holding a conservative approach to the law. He also believed in originalism. This means he wanted the Constitution interpreted exactly as its framers had wanted it. Scalia and fellow judge Clarence Thomas often had the same viewpoints. He was friends with justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Scalia died in his sleep on February 13, 2016 at a ranch in Shafter, Texas at the age of 79. His death left a split in the court with 4 conservatives and 4 liberals. President Barack Obama said he would choose Scalia's successor in "due time". President Obama, former Governor of Texas Rick Perry, Governor of Ohio John Kasich, former Presidents George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, Senators Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and Bernie Sanders, and Vice president Joe Biden all reacted to his death.

On March 16, 2016, President Obama nominated Merrick Garland to replace Scalia.

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