Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in as a Supreme Court justice Saturday, Oct. 6. after the U.S. Senate confirmed him in a 50-48 vote. Here are some snapshots of what his appointment means for the court.
Scale of ideals[hhmc]
The Berkeley Law School at the University of California measures the relative location of U.S. Supreme Court justices on an ideological continuum through time using a system titled the Martin-Quinn measurements. The following scales show how the court has wavered in recent years.
Source: Lee Epstein, Washington University in St. Louis and Andrew D. Martin, University of Michigan, Kevin Quinn, UC Berkeley
The chart below shows party control of the White House, Senate and Supreme Court majority based on the party who appointed a judge. A few landmark cases are noted.
According to the Harvard Journal of Law the average age for a Supreme Court justices retirement (since 1971) is age 78.7. There are two Democratic-appointed justices older than this age during President Trumps first term.
Sources: The U.S. Supreme Court; The U.S. Senate; Insidegov.com, University of California Berkeley Law School, The Associated Press, Landmark Cases