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Chief Justice John Glover Roberts

Nominated: September 6, 2005 by George W. Bush
Confirmed: September 29, 2005, by a vote of 78 to 22

Judicial Oath: September 29, 2005

Born: January 27, 1955, in Buffalo, New York

Education: Harvard College, A.B., 1976 and Harvard Law School, J.D., 1979

Professional Career: Following graduation from law school, Roberts served as law clerk for Judge Henry J. Friendly of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the following year to then-Associate Justice Rehnquist of the Supreme Court of the United States. He served as Special Assistant to United States Attorney General William French Smith from 1981 to 1982 and Associate Counsel to President Ronald Reagan from 1982 to 1986. Roberts then joined Hogan & Hartson where he developed a civil litigation practice, with an emphasis on appellate matters. From 1989 to 1993 he served as Principal Deputy Solicitor General of the United States. He returned to Hogan & Hartson in 1993 and was the senior partner in charge of Hogan & Hartson's appellate practice when he was nominated by President Bush in 2001 to the federal court of appeals, a nomination that was never confirmed by the Senate. Subsequently, he was nominated in January, 2003, to a judgeship on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. He was confirmed by the Senate on May 8, 2003, and sworn in on June 2 by Chief Justice Rehnquist.
This biographical sketch is adapted from that provided by the Web site of the United States Court of Appeals for the district of Columbia Circuit on September 6, 2005.

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