Kavanaugh, Trump’s second nominee to the nation’s highest court, is likely to face a tough confirmation battle as the president seeks to cement a conservative majority. If confirmed, the 53-year-old from Washington D.C. could serve decades on the court.
Here are five points of interest about the new nominee.
1) The Bill Clinton connection
Kavanaugh, 53, worked closely with independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr as an associate counsel. According to his biography, Kavanaugh worked with Starr from 1994 to 1997, and was the co-author of the Starr Report, which detailed President Bill Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky and laid out the case for his impeachment.
2) The Bush connection
Kavanaugh’s connections to the Bush family go back decades. Kavanaugh worked in the solicitor general’s office under George H.W. Bush and later worked in the George W. Bush administration for several years, first as associate counsel to the president, then as senior associate counsel. From July 2003 until May 2006, he served as assistant to the president and staff secretary to the president. Kavanaugh was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in May 2006.
3) The Massachusetts connection
Kavanaugh has taught at Harvard Law School since 2008, including courses on separation of powers and the Supreme Court. An online syllabus for his Winter 2018 course, “The Supreme Court,” describes its focus as the “important Supreme Court opinions that have been issued since 2005 when John Roberts became Chief Justice.”
He’s also run the Boston Marathon twice — clocking 3:59 in 2010 and 4:08 in 2015.
4) The Justice Kennedy connection
Kavanaugh clerked for Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy after law school — the very justice he’s hoping to replace.
5) The community connection
A Catholic who is active in the community, Kavanaugh serves meals at the St. Maria’s Meals program at Catholic Charities in D.C. and he has tutored at the Washington Jesuit Academy, where he serves on the Board of Directors. He is also a regular lector at his D.C. church, the Blessed Sacrament Church.Aimee Ortiz can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on twitter @aimee_ortiz.