Bush Chooses Federal Judge John G. Roberts, Jr. For Supreme Court

U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Judge John G. Roberts, Jr. Roberts is President Bush's first nominee for the Supreme Court

On July 19, 2005, President Bush nominated Judge John G. Roberts to be Associated Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. If you missed the televised announcement video is available (via CNN), and the full text of the President’s remarks are available (via the Center for Individual Freedom).

The Harvard Crimson Online provides a biography of Judge John G. Roberts, Jr. his time at Harvard and beyond. Most notable is the strong bipartisan support he has received when previously nominated.

The confirmation process produced a wealth of glowing recommendations. He [Roberts] received the rating of “Well Qualified” without reservation from the American Bar Association, the highest possible mark for a jurist.

The Senate Judiciary Committee was also sent a letter by a bipartisan group of 156 members of the D.C. Bar, all of whom urged Roberts’s swift confirmation. “He is one of the very best and most highly respected appellate lawyers in the nation, with a deserved reputation as a brilliant writer and oral advocate” the letter said. “He is also a wonderful professional colleague both because of his enormous skills and because of his unquestioned integrity and fair-mindedness.”

Walter E. Dellinger III, who served as solicitor general under former President Bill Clinton, even told the Judiciary Committee that, “In my view…there is no better appellate advocate than John Roberts.”

On the D.C. Circuit, Roberts has maintained his conservative reputation, although he has yet to weigh in on many of the divisive issues that come before the Supreme Court.By all appearances Roberts is an extremely solid choice – acceptable to Republicans as well as Democrats, and the word in DC is he will have no problem being confirmed.

As Underneath Their Robes noted in a humorous judicial beauty pageant last year, Judge Roberts, 49, with his “youthful,” “all-American good looks,” is the “JFK Jr. of the federal bench.”. He finished 5th in the voting last year, though with his newfound notoriety his hottie stock will probably be rising…

Special welcome to viewers of CNN’s Inside Politics and MSNBC’s Connected Coast To Coast (video). The story mentioned about the role of bloggers in the confirmation process is here, Bloggers Set For Supreme Court Nominee.


  • Hugh Hewitt – “John Roberts: A home run for the president, the SCOTUS, and for the United States.
  • MoveOn.org – “In nominating John Roberts, the President has turned to a right wing corporate lawyer and ideologue for the nation’s highest court.

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