"What are the current ages of Supreme Court
What matters more than the current ages of supreme court justices are the ages
of supreme court justices from 2017 until 2021 or even 2025, the four or
eight year periods during which our next president will nominate new supreme
court justices to replace those who retire. Of even greater urgency is the need
to replace the late Antonin Scalia.
Below are the projected ages of the remaining supreme court justices in 2017. As you
can see, the difference in their ages span 27 years, from Elena Kagan, who
will be 57 years old, to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who will be 84 years old.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
George H.W. Bush
George W. Bush
George W. Bush
Three of the eight remainig supreme court justices will be almost or over 80 years old in 2017. These
justices - Steven Breyer, Anthony Kennedy and Ruth Bader Ginsburg
- are likely to die or retire during the term of the next term and almost certainly to
have died or retired by the end of the next president's second term, when
Steven Breyer will be 87 years old and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, if still alive, will
be 92 years old.
It is no secret that conservative presidents nominate conservative judges while
liberal presidents nominate liberal judges to the supreme court, and their
nominations typically are confirmed by the U.S. Senate. This means that the next
president most likely will name three new supreme court justices.
If our next president is a conservative, the supreme court is likely to end up
with six conservative justices and three liberal justices. On the other hand, if
our next president is a liberal, the supreme court is likely to end up with
two conservative justices and seven liberal justices. Given the ages of the five
younger justices above, either majority will dominate the supreme court
and promote either conservatism or liberalism in America for at least the next
ten years and most probably the next twenty years.