Anthony Kennedy served as a judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit – THE most liberal federal court in all of America. After serving there for nearly 13-years, President Ronald Reagan nominated Kennedy to replace Justice Lewis Powell on the US Supreme Court. On February 18, 1998, Anthony Kennedy was sworn in as a justice on the highest court in America, where for the past decade, he has become neither a conservative nor a liberal, but often casting the deciding vote in numerous cases.
At least one Republican Senator has made it known that the 81-year-old Justice Kennedy will likely retire from the Supreme Court sometimes this summer.
(NY Daily News) – A Republican U.S. senator says that Justice Anthony Kennedy, the swing vote who has decided many pivotal cases on the Supreme Court, will retire this summer.
Audio of Nevada’s Dean Heller speaking at a recent event in Las Vegas obtained by Politico showed his view that the departure of the justice would be a boost for his reelection campaign this fall.
“Kennedy is going to retire around sometime early summer,” Heller, who is viewed as vulnerable in November after Hillary Clinton won Nevada in 2016.
The justice was appointed by conservative Ronald Reagan after the failed nomination of Robert Bork, but his judicial philosophy has placed him in the middle of the court on many important issues and given him an incredibly powerful position in the political life of the country.”
The replacement of the moderate Kennedy with a conservative could change the face of the Supreme Court for many years to come, giving conservatives the edge. Many also expect 82-year-old Ruth Bader Ginsberg to resign within the next few years and if that happens, it could give conservatives a 6-3 edge on the bench.