Who are the oldest Supreme Court judges? This is one question that comes up every four years in the minds of many voters, and for good reason. The President about to be elected would be the one nominating replacements to the court, with Senatorial confirmation.
While Supreme Court Justices are not partisan positions, the nominees selected often reflect the political philosophies of the Presidents that choose them, possibly with temperance to pass an opposition-dominated legislature.
At the time of writing, the two oldest Supreme Court justices are Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Anthony Kennedy, both of whom are in their 80s. The rest of the court is spread across individuals in their 40s through 70s.
Since Supreme Court positions are lifetime appointments without mandatory retirement ages or term limits, the oldest justices are sometimes a campaign issue, as liberals might worry about a conservative president being elected when the oldest justice is a liberal or leans to the left. This is actually the case with Ginsberg.
There’s never any telling when a justice will choose to retire or die, and many choose to stay on the court as long as they are physically and mentally capable of handling the work at hand. The court is not always in session, and while there are hearings requiring the physical attendance of the court, they are not televised.
In truth, much of the work of the Supreme Court is handled by young clerks who represent some of the brightest up and coming minds in the legal profession who do the research and leg work of the justices whose staffs they serve on. Also, many cases are decided rather informally as justices visit each other’s offices when not in session for conversations before a formal ruling is announced with majority and minority opinions attached.