Anthony Kennedy Fast FactsBy CNN LibraryUpdated 4:15 PM ET, Mon September 1, 2014Photos: Today's Supreme Court 10 photosToday's Supreme Court – The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court sit for their official photograph on October 8, 2010, at the Supreme Court. Front row, from left: Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Anthony M. Kennedy and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Back row, from left: Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer, Samuel Alito Jr. and Elena Kagan.Hide Caption 1 of 10Photos: Today's Supreme Court 10 photosJohn G. Roberts – In 2005, Chief Justice John G. Roberts was nominated by President George W. Bush to succeed Justice Sandra Day O'Connor as an associate justice. After Chief Justice William Rehnquist died, however, Bush named Roberts to the chief justice post. The court has moved to the right during his tenure, although Roberts supplied the key vote to uphold President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act.Hide Caption 2 of 10Photos: Today's Supreme Court 10 photosAntonin Scalia – Justice Antonin Scalia was appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1986 to fill the seat vacated by Justice William Rehnquist when he was elevated to chief justice. A constitutional originalist -- and a colorful orator -- Scalia is a member of the court's conservative wing. He is currently the court's longest-serving justice.Hide Caption 3 of 10Photos: Today's Supreme Court 10 photosAnthony M. Kennedy – Justice Anthony M. Kennedy was appointed to the court by President Ronald Reagan in 1988. He is a conservative justice but has provided crucial swing votes in many cases, writing the majority opinion, for example, in Lawrence v. Texas, which struck down that state's sodomy law. Hide Caption 4 of 10Photos: Today's Supreme Court 10 photosClarence Thomas – Justice Clarence Thomas is the second African-American to serve on the court, succeeding Justice Thurgood Marshall when he was appointed by President George H. W. Bush in 1991. He is a conservative, a strict constructionist who supports states' rights.Hide Caption 5 of 10Photos: Today's Supreme Court 10 photosRuth Bader Ginsburg – Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court. Appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1993, she is a strong voice in the court's liberal minority.Hide Caption 6 of 10Photos: Today's Supreme Court 10 photosStephen G. Breyer – Justice Stephen G. Breyer was appointed to the court in 1994 by President Bill Clinton. He is considered a member of the court's liberal minority.Hide Caption 7 of 10Photos: Today's Supreme Court 10 photosSamuel A. Alito Jr. – Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. was appointed by President George W. Bush in 2006 and is known as one of the most conservative justices to serve on the court in modern times.Hide Caption 8 of 10Photos: Today's Supreme Court 10 photosSonia Sotomayor – Justice Sonia Sotomayor is the court's first Hispanic and third female justice. She was appointed by President Barack Obama in 2009 and is regarded as a resolutely liberal member of the court.Hide Caption 9 of 10Photos: Today's Supreme Court 10 photosElena Kagan – Justice Elena Kagan is the fourth female justice and a member of the court's liberal wing. She was appointed in 2010, at the age of 50, by President Barack Obama and is the court's youngest member.Hide Caption 10 of 10Here's a look at the life of Anthony Kennedy, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.Personal:Birth date: July 23, 1936 Birth place: Sacramento, CaliforniaBirth name: Anthony McLeod KennedyFather: Anthony J. Kennedy, lawyer and lobbyist Mother: Gladys (McLeod) Kennedy, civic leaderMarriage: Mary (Davis) Kennedy (1963-present)Children: Justin; Gregory; KristinEducation: London School of Economics, 1957-1958; Stanford University B.A. Political Science, 1954-1958; Harvard Law School LL.B., 1961Military Service: California Army National Guard, PFC 1961Religion: Roman CatholicOther Facts:He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.While a Sacramento lawyer in private practice he was also a lobbyist.His nomination to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals by President Gerald Ford was a result of his being recommended by California's then governor, Ronald Reagan.He is known for his reverence for legal precedent, for creating unlikely coalitions among the justices, and for being a strong advocate of free speech.Kennedy teaches at the University of Salzburg in Austria during the court's summer recess. The class is offered as part of the University of the Pacific's McGeorge School of Law's summer program.Timeline:1962 - Kennedy is admitted to the California Bar.1961-1963 - Practices law at the firm of Thelen, Marrin, John & Bridges in San Francisco.1963 - After his father's sudden death, Kennedy takes over his law practice in Sacramento. 1965-1988 - Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of the Pacific's McGeorge School of Law.1973 - Helps draft Proposition 1, a California ballot initiative to limit state spending, which later fails.May 30, 1975-February 2, 1988 - Judge, Court of Appeals, Ninth CircuitNovember 11, 1987 - To fill the seat vacated by Justice Lewis Powell's retirement, President Ronald Reagan nominates Judge Kennedy to the Supreme Court after the confirmation failures of nominees Robert Bork and Douglas Ginsburg.February 3, 1988 - The Senate votes unanimously to confirm his appointment.February 18, 1988 - Kennedy is sworn in as the 104th justice of the Supreme Court.June 29, 1992 - Angers conservatives by coauthoring, with Justices Sandra Day O'Connor and David Souter, the opinion of the court in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, to uphold Roe v. Wade.March 1, 2005 - Writes the majority opinion for the 5-4 ruling in Roper v. Simmons stating that executing killers who were under age 18 when they committed their crimes is unconstitutional.April 18, 2007 - Voting with the conservatives in the 5-4 decision in Gonzales v. Carhart, Justice Kennedy writes the majority opinion to uphold the nationwide ban on partial birth abortions.June 12, 2008 - In Boumediene v. Bush, he writes the majority 5-4 opinion, assessing that the language of the Constitution grants the Guantanamo Bay prison detainees the right to seek habeas corpus.June 25, 2008 - Writes in Kennedy v. Louisiana the majority opinion, 5-4, overturning the state's death penalty statute for child rape when death was not a circumstance of the case.June 25, 2012 - Writes the opinion of the court in Arizona v. United States, overturning three sections of Arizona's 2010 immigration law.June 26, 2013 - Kennedy writes the majority opinion of the court in United States v. Windsor, striking down part of the Defense of Marriage Act. More from usWhere does the snow go after back-to-back blizzards?