Clarence THOMAS

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Lawyer, judge

AmericanBorn Clarence THOMAS

Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, second African American to serve on the Court

Born on June 23, 1948 in Pin Point, Georgia , United States (74 years)

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He was nominated by President George H. W. Bush and confirmed by the U. S. Senate to succeed Thurgood Marshall and is the second African American to serve on the Court. Thomas has served as the Senior Associate Justice, the longest-serving member of the Court, since 2018 with a tenure of 29 years, 7 days as of October 30, 2020.

Thomas grew up in Savannah, Georgia, and was educated at the College of the Holy Cross and Yale Law School. He was appointed an Assistant Attorney General in Missouri in 1974, and later entered private practice there. In 1979, he became a legislative assistant to United States senator John Danforth, and in 1981 was appointed Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education. In 1982, President Ronald Reagan appointed Thomas Chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).


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