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Will Clarence Thomas Break Record as Longest-Serving Supreme Court Justice?

Will Clarence Thomas Break Record as Longest-Serving Supreme Court Justice?
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Thursday, 06 June 2019 06:26 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Amid mounting rumors in the press that Clarence Thomas would retire from the Supreme Court sometime this summer, the justice moved to dispel the speculation.

So strong was his dismissal of the retirement talk that court watchers are beginning to speculate whether Thomas will stay in his position for at least nine more years and break the record as the longest-serving justice in the history of the Supreme Court

"I have no idea where this stuff comes from," said Thomas to philanthropist David Rubenstein Monday after a lecture hosted by the Supreme Court Historical Society in Washington, D.C.

Rubenstein had asked the justice, who is 70, where the rumors of his retirement in June had originated.

Thomas, who will celebrate his 28thth year on the high court this October, added that "[o]ne of those things you have to get used to in this business — in here — is that people can say things about you and for you that have nothing to do with you.”  

One of only two black judges to serve on the Supreme Court, Thomas was appointed at age 43 by the President George H.W. Bush in May of 1991.  Five months later, he was finally confirmed and sworn in after a rancorous confirmation battle that focused on charges of sexual harassment by onetime assistant Anita Hill.

Were Thomas to serve until 2028, he would break the record set by the late William O. Douglas in 1975.  Named to the court at age 40 by Franklin D. Roosevelt, Douglas served 36 years and 211 days.

When Douglas retired in 1975, he was characterized in Time magazine as “"the most doctrinaire and committed civil libertarian ever to sit on the court.”  Thomas is considered one of the most conservative justices on the Supreme Court.

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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