Garland is “widely recognized, not only as one of America’s sharpest legal minds, but someone who brings to his work a spirit of decency, modesty, integrity, even-handedness and excellence,” Obama said.
Here’s what you need to know about Garland:
- The 63-year-old married father of two daughters graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College in 1974 and magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1977.
- After graduating, Garland clerked for Judge Henry Friendly and Justice William Brennan before joining the highly-regarded law firm of Arnold & Porter, where he was later a partner.
- In 1989, Garland became a federal prosecutor and later joined the Justice Department where he supervised some of the most significant prosecutions in the 1990s, including the Oklahoma City Bombing.
- The Chicago native was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals in April 1997 by then President Bill Clinton. He became chief judge in February 2013.
- Garland is the oldest Supreme Court nominee in modern history, CBS News reported. If confirmed, his vote would move the court to a majority liberal court.