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Age of Supreme Court Judges including Retirees, 1970-2017

This chart shows the age of every Supreme Court Justice appointed after 1970, including those who have retired or deceased. Those justices who retired or deceased are highlighted dark gray, and their age is the year they left the court. Elena Kagan at age 56 is the youngest and most recently appointed Supreme Court justice. Two justices -- Anthony Kennedy and Ruth Ginsberg are above 80 and are highlighted in red. Justice Stephen Bryer, highlighted in yellow is age 70. Remaining justices, are under age 70.

Votes on Supreme Court Nominees, 1970-present

Traditionally, Supreme Court Justices have been approved by the United States Senate by nearly the entire body. Only one nominee, Robert Bork has been voted down by the US Senate, 48-52. Clarence Thomas was approved by only 52-48, and the only other narrow margin was Samuel Alito at 58-42 (two short of a filibuster-proof majority). Barack Obama's nominees were approved 68-31 Sotomayer an 63-31 Kagan. While confirmations have become more partisan in recent years, generally most nominees are ultimately approved with 60 percent plus of the vote.