Last updated on: 11/12/2012 | Author: ProCon.org

Clarence Thomas, JD Biography

Title:
Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Good for America?"
Reasoning:

“The Act before us here exceeds federal power both in mandating the purchase of health insurance and in denying nonconsenting States all Medicaid funding. These parts of the Act are central to its design and operation, and all the Act’s other provisions would not have beenenacted without them. In our view it must follow that the entire statute is inoperative.”

Dissenting opinion in US Supreme Court Ruling on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, June 28, 2012

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Associate Justice, US Supreme Court, Oct. 23, 1991-present
  • Blue Key Service Award, University of Georgia Blue Key National Honor Society, 2006
  • Francis Boyer Award, American Enterprise Institute, 2001
  • Judge, US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, 1990-1991
  • Chairman, US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 1982-1990
  • Assistant Secretary of Education for the Office of Civil Rights, US Department of Education, 1981-1982
  • Legislative Assistant, Senator John Danforth (R-MO), 1979-1981
  • Attorney, Monsanto Company, 1977-1979
  • Assistant Attorney General, Missouri, 1974-1977
  • Recipient, Statesmanship Award, Claremont Institute
Education:
  • JD, Yale University Law School, 1974
  • AB, cum laude, Holy Cross College
  • Attended Conception Seminary College, 1967-1968
Other:
  • Appointed to the US Supreme Court by President George H.W. Bush
  • Born in Pin Point, Savannah, GA on June 23, 1948
  • Married to Virginia Thomas
  • Has one child
Quoted in:
  1. Is Obamacare constitutional?