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Stephen Breyer
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Associate Justice of the Supreme Court
of the United States
Assumed office
August 3, 1994
Nominated by Bill Clinton
Preceded by Harry Blackmun
Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
In office
March 1990 – August 3, 1994
Preceded by Levin H. Campbell
Succeeded by Juan R. Torruella
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
In office
December 10, 1980 – August 3, 1994
Nominated by Jimmy Carter
Preceded by Seat established
Succeeded by Sandra Lynch
Personal details
Born
Stephen Gerald Breyer

August 15, 1938 (1938-08-15) (age 82)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Spouse(s)
Joanna Hare (m. 1967)
Children 3
Education Stanford University (BA)
Magdalen College, Oxford (BA)
Harvard University (LLB)

Stephen Gerald Breyer ( born August 15, 1938) is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. He was appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1994. Breyer is generally associated with the more liberal side of the Court.

Background

Breyer is of Jewish descent. He has been an Associate Justice since 1994. Breyer generally favors a liberal interpretation of the law; he is pro-choice and pro-civil liberties. Breyer had the second-longest tenure as the most junior justice on the bench. Breyer is also the only justice to appear on a quiz show (Wait Wait Don't Tell Me). Before being a judge, he was a professor at Harvard Law School and a judge on the First Circuit Court of Appeals. Breyer is an Eagle Scout.

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