Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer announces retirement

January 27, 2022
Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer announces retirement

It’s a kind of miracle …

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer formally announcing his retirement at the White House on Thursday.

  • Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer announces his retirement, sharing some of the thoughts that come to mind on such an occasion about the American "experiment" – revealing as well his wife paid their grandchildren to memorize The Gettysburg Address. As he says… "It's you, my friend … it's that next generation and the one after" who will determine if the experiment still works. He says he is an optimist and is "pretty sure it will."
  • For reference, here are the first two lines of The Gettysburg Address: "Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, on this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived, and so dedicated, can long endure."
  • Appointed by President Bill Clinton, Breyer has been a justice since 1994.

What's next? President Biden will choose the next justice in the coming weeks, and has pledged his choice "will be the first Black women ever nominated to the United States Supreme Court."

Remarks by President Biden on the Retirement of Supreme Court Justice Breyer (The White House)

Read Justice Breyer's remarks on retiring and his hope in the American 'experiment' (NPR)

Justice Breyer to retire, giving Biden first court pick (Associated Press)

by Jenna Lee,