3 Firsts For Justice Barrett

April 1, 2021
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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett

Three Historic Firsts For The 115th Justice

First Nominated & Confirmed Within 3 Months Before Election

  • Justice Barrett is the only nominee ever appointed & confirmed within three months prior to Election Day.
  • Sept 26: Nomination; Oct 12: 1st Senate cmte hearing; Oct 26: Final Senate vote.
  • 43: Average # of days from nomination to 1st Senate cmte hearing. 70: Average # of days from nomination to final Senate vote.

First Mother:
School-Aged Children

  • Justice Barrett is the only mother of school-aged kids to serve on the Court.
  • Justice Barrett is the fifth woman and third mother to join the Court. Justices Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg had older children when sworn in.
  • Justice Barrett is a mother of seven – six of whom are under age 18. Her eldest is a college student.
  • First from Notre Dame
  • Justice Barrett is the only sitting justice who didn’t graduate from either Harvard or Yale law schools.
  • Justice Barrett is the only justice ever to graduate from Notre Dame Law School.
  • Justice Barrett is the most recent justice to graduate from a non-Ivy league law school, the first since Justice John Paul Stevens, who retired in 2010.

The Senate Historical Office says this is the first time in 150 years no one from the minority party voted for the majority’s choice. Speaking of firsts…One of the first cases that will be heard by the full (9-justice) U.S. Supreme Court is a constitutional challenge to the Affordable Care Act.

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