Who will be the replacement for Justice John Paul Stevens? Certainly he won’t be replaced by someone his same age because there’s no one with any experience still alive or coherent enough at the age of 90 to dedicate the rest of their career to the Supreme Court. Obviously the choice will be someone with some potential supreme judging years left. The Clinton names have been tossed around the rumor mill despite the White House saying “no,” but people are still clinging to the possibility.
Bill Clinton, on ABC’s “This Week” said: “I’d like to see him put someone in there, late 40’s, early 50’s, on the court, and someone with a lot of energy for the job.”
“I think if she were asked, she would advise the President to appoint some 10, 15 years younger,” Bill said on behalf of Hillary.
Bill implies that he, at 63, and Hillary, at 62, are too old and that Barak Obama will probably seek someone around the age of 50. Of course 63 isn’t that old for a Supreme Court Justice, but if Obama wants to make full use of his appointee, an extra 10 or even 15 years can’t hurt.
With Stevens still an active Justice the average age of the current Supreme Court is 68 (almost 69). The average starting age of all Supreme Court Justices is 54. There are approximately ten nominees being considered. Judges, politicians and a retired Harvard law school dean are among the people up for the nomination. Obama wishes to fill the position with someone who “will understand the struggles of ordinary Americans.”
The number for average age of Supreme Court Justices was based on actual age at appointment (not rounded). It’s also adjusted for the resignation and reappointment of John Rutledge and Charles Evans Hughes, who were each only counted for their ages of their first appointment. Only active members were counted. Those who were appointed and declined or died before serving were not counted. An age of 57 and 45 was used for John Blair Jr. and James Moore Wayne, respectively, because only a birth year, no birth day, is known.