Brett Michael Kavanaugh is an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. He was nominated by President Donald Trump on July 9, 2018, and has served since October 6, 2018.
Brett Kavanaugh Net Worth
|Net Worth:||$1 Million|
|Date of Birth:||Feb 12, 1965 (57 years old)|
|Place of Birth:||Washington, D.C., U.S.|
Brett Kavanaugh was born on February 12, 1965 in Washington, DC to Martha, a high school history teacher, and Everett, a lawyer who served a two-decade tenure as president of the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association. Kavanaugh is of Irish Catholic heritage. Raised in Bethesda, Maryland, he went to the Jesuit boys’ school Georgetown Preparatory School, where he was captain of the basketball team and cornerback and wide receiver on the football team. After graduating, he enrolled at Yale University; there, he wrote about sports for the Yale Daily News, and was a member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity. Kavanaugh graduated with a BA in history in 1987. He went on to attend Yale Law School, obtaining his JD in 1990.
In 2004, Kavanaugh wed Ashley Estes, who served as George W. Bush’s personal secretary. The couple has two daughters, and resides in Chevy Chase Section Five, Maryland.
US Circuit Judge
In 2003, Kavanaugh was nominated by Bush to the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit; however, his nomination languished in the Senate for close to three years. He was eventually confirmed in 2006. During his tenure as a circuit judge, Kavanaugh wrote decisions opposing such issues as abortion rights, the Affordable Care Act, and environmental regulation.
US Supreme Court
Kavanaugh was eventually confirmed by the Senate 50-48, the second narrowest margin in the history of the Supreme Court. Votes were split along party lines, with only Republican Lisa Murkowski voting no and Democrat Joe Manchin voting yes.
In early 2019, Kavanaugh wrote his first Supreme Court opinion in Henry Schein, Inc. v. Archer & White Sales, Inc. He went on to join the Court’s liberal justices in Garza v. Idaho. In other rulings, he has made decisions against abortion rights, certain LGBTQ rights, and voting rights.
Beyond his private practice and federal government work, Kavanaugh has taught courses at Harvard Law School, Yale Law School, and Georgetown University Law Center. In 2019, he withdrew from teaching at Harvard due to the sexual assault allegations against him. That summer, Kavanaugh was a visiting professor at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School.
Sexual Assault Allegations
Kavanaugh has been accused of sexual assault by multiple women, including Christine Blasey Ford, Deborah Ramirez, and Julie Swetnick. Ford, a psychology professor at Palo Alto University, was the highest-profile name to come forward in September of 2018. She accused Kavanaugh of assaulting her in high school by pinning her to a bed, groping her, and attempting to remove her clothes when he was drunk with his friend Mark Judge. Ford testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Also in September, the New Yorker published an article detailing another sexual assault allegation against Kavanaugh, this one from his former Yale classmate Deborah Ramirez. Soon, former government employee Julie Swetnick came forward with accusations as well.
Kavanaugh worked as a legal clerk for Judge Walter King Stapleton of the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit from 1990 to 1991. He then worked as a summer associate for the law firm Munger, Tolles & Olson, clerking for Judge Alex Kozinski of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Following that, Kavanaugh worked as a clerk for Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, and then as an Associate Counsel in the Office of the Independent Counsel under US Attorney General Ken Starr. Kavanaugh returned to his work under Starr after a period of private practice with the law firm Kirkland & Ellis from 1997 to 1998. He returned to Kirkland & Ellis as a partner in 1999. In December of 2000, Kavanaugh joined George W. Bush’s legal team in an attempt to halt a ballot recount in Florida. Following Bush’s inauguration, Kavanaugh joined White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales as an associate. He went on to become the President’s Assistant as well as the White House Staff Secretary.