Amy Coney Barrett
Associate Justice of the Supreme CourtUnited States
Amy Coney BarrettAssociate Justice of the Supreme Court
Amy Vivian Coney Barrett (born January 28, 1972) is an American lawyer and jurist serving as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. She is the fifth woman to serve on the court. She was nominated by President Donald Trump and has served since October 27, 2020. She was a United States circuit judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit from 2017 to 2020. Trump nominated Barrett to the Seventh Circuit, and the Senate confirmed her on October 31, 2017. Before and while serving on the federal bench, she has been a professor of law at Notre Dame Law School, where she has taught civil procedure, constitutional law, and statutory interpretation. She was also a leader of the Christian lay movement People of Praise, where she was a "handmaid", the highest position a woman could hold in the movement.On September 26, 2020, Trump nominated Barrett to succeed Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court of the United States. Her nomination was controversial, due to Senate Republicans' previous refusal to hold hearings for Merrick Garland during an election year with a divided government in 2016, claims that Republicans were rushing to fill the vacancy, and Ginsburg's own wish for her replacement not to be chosen "until a new president is installed". The next month, the United States Senate voted 52–48 to confirm her nomination, with Democrats unanimous in opposition.Described as a protégée of Justice Antonin Scalia, for whom she previously clerked, Barrett supports textualism in statutory interpretation and originalism in interpreting the Constitution. Barrett is generally considered part of a centrist-conservative bloc on the Court that is concerned about the Court's public image.