Samuel Alito was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in 1990. President George W. Bush nominated him as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, and he took his seat on January 31, 2006.
Samuel Alito was born in Trenton, New Jersey on April 1, 1950. In 1985, Alito married Martha-Ann Bomgardner, with whom he has two children.
Alito attended Steinert High School in Hamilton Township, New Jersey and subsequently graduated from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs with a Bachelor of Arts in 1972. He earned a J.D. from Yale Law School in 1975 where he served as editor on the Yale Law Journal.
Served as a law clerk for Leonard I. Garth of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit from 1976–1977.
Following his clerkship in the Third Circuit, Alito was Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of New Jersey from 1977 to 1981. Thereafter he was Assistant to the Solicitor General, U.S. Department of Justice, from 1981 to 1985 and Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the U.S. Department of Justice until 1987. Lastly, prior to his appointment to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Alito was a U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey from 1987 to 1990.