Anthony Kennedy, the longest-serving member of the current Supreme Court, was appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1988. He is a conservative justice but has provided crucial swing votes in many cases.
Kennedy was born in Sacramento, California, on July 23, 1936. In this photo, circa 1939, he sits between his mother, Gladys, and his sister, Nancy.
Kennedy wears his Cub Scout uniform as he poses with his brother, Tim, circa 1946.
Kennedy, third from right in the front row, stands with other Cub Scouts in the 1940s.
Kennedy, right, spent time with the California Army National Guard after finishing law school in 1961. The man on the left, John J. Hamlyn Jr., also became a lawyer like Kennedy.
Kennedy, right, and Hamlyn pose for a photo after basic training.
After more than a decade as a lawyer, Kennedy became a judge on the US Court of Appeals in 1975. He was nominated by President Gerald Ford on the recommendation of California Gov. Ronald Reagan.
This courtroom photo of Kennedy was taken in 1976.
Kennedy has breakfast with his wife, Mary, and his son Gregory in 1984.
Kennedy and his wife walk together in Sacramento, California, in 1987.
From 1965 to 1988, Kennedy was also a professor of constitutional law at the University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law.
In 1987, Kennedy was nominated by President Reagan to fill the Supreme Court seat vacated by Lewis Powell’s retirement. The nomination came after the confirmation failures of nominees Robert Bork and Douglas Ginsburg.