Flashback

On July 9, President Donald Trump announced Brett Kavanaugh as his nominee to replace retiring U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, thus setting the stage for another high-court showdown.

Supreme Court nominees can cause friction during the confirmation process in the U.S. Senate, but Ruth Bader Ginsburg was not one of them.

On June 14, 1993, President Bill Clinton nominated federal appeals court Judge Ginsburg for a seat on the Supreme Court. She would become the first Jewish woman to sit on the high court.

In its June 18, 1993, issue, Jewish News featured a front page story on the diminutive woman who would one day become a cultural sensation for her blunt language, deft legal mind and firm position in the liberal wing of the court. She would eventually earn the moniker “The Notorious RBG.”

Ginsburg would also become the first Jewish justice on the court since Justice Abe Fortas retired in 1969. Ginsburg replaced retiring Justice Byron White.

She was only the sixth Jewish justice to ever sit on the Supreme Court until she was joined the following year by Justice Stephen Breyer and Justice Elena Kagan in 2010.

Despite her progressive rulings, Ginsburg was actually a bipartisan nominee and a generally popular one. In fact, her nomination was initially suggested by Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch. She was confirmed by the Senate on Aug. 3, 1993, by a vote of 96 to 3. Ginsburg was one of the few nominees since the Reagan administration to sail through confirmation. JN

Jewish News celebrates its 70th anniversary this year. Every week, we will feature Flashback — a look at interesting stories, facts and even advertisements that have appeared in our pages over the past seven decades. Want us to flashback to a particular date in history? Let us know! Email us at editor@jewishaz.com.

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