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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.

Martin Quinn scores

Source: Lee Epstein, Washington University in St. Louis and Andrew D. Martin, University of Michigan, Kevin Quinn, UC Berkeley

Majority rule?[hhmc]

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.

Supreme Court timeline

Age-old question[hhmc]

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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.

Justices appointed

Stats for justices

Sources: The U.S. Supreme Court; The U.S. Senate; Insidegov.com, University of California Berkeley Law School, The Associated Press, Landmark Cases

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