Clarence Thomas is an American lawyer who serves as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. He was nominated by President George H. W. Bush and has served since 1991.
Thomas is the second African American to serve on the Court, after Marshall. He is the longest-serving member of the Court, with a tenure of 30 years in 2022.
He was born on born June 23, 1948, in Pin Point, Montgomery, Georgia, but grew up in Savannah. His father was a farmworker, M. C. Thomas. His mother was a domestic worker called Leola William.
Thomas is the second of three children.
He attended the College of Holy Cross and Yale Law School.
Before attending law school, Thomas was drafted for the military but he was deferred due to the curvature of his spine.
Thomas was appointed an assistant attorney general in Missouri in 1974 and later entered private practice there. He became a legislative assistant to the United States Senator John Danforth in 1979.
He was appointed Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education in 1981. President Ronald Reagan also appointed Thomas Chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in 1982.
In 1990, President George H. W. Bush nominated Thomas to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He served in that role for 16 months before filling Marshall’s seat on the Supreme Court.
Supreme Court experts describe Thomas’s jurisprudence as an originalist, stressing the original meaning of the United States Constitution and statutes. He is also an advocate of natural law.
Thomas is widely held to be the Court’s most conservative member.
What Is Clarence Thomas’s Net Worth?
Clarence Thomas has an estimated net worth of $1 million. He earns a monthly salary of $220 thousand.