The situation in which US District Judge Brett Kavanaugh found himself around September 2018 shows exactly how troubled the waters can be on the way to the Island of Power, especially when it is the US Senate Judiciary Committee. Sometime in July 2018, Judge Brett Kavanaugh was nominated for the Supreme Court by U.S. President Donald Trump. In addition to the three to four days of what can only be described as intensive hearings, there was another day when Kavanaugh was accused of sexual misconduct in high school. We take a look at who Kavanaugh is, his journey, and selected areas of his life.
Judge Brett Kavanaugh Bio, Age
Brett Kavanaugh was born in Washington D.C. on February 12, 1965, the son of his parents, Martha Gamble and Everett Edward Kavanaugh. His full name at birth is Brett Michael Kavanaugh. He grew up in Bethesda, Maryland.
His mother Martha was a history teacher at Woodson and McKinley High Schools in the 1960s and 1970s. Martha was a judge in the Maryland District Court from 1995 to 2001, after earning her law degree from the Washington College of Law in 1978. Everett, his father, was also an attorney. Kavanaugh has constitutionally astute roots.
Judge Brett Kavanaugh attended Georgetown Preparatory School when he was a teenager. An all-boys high school that has produced some of the finest legal minds in the country, including US Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch.
During his time at Georgetown Prep, Kavanaugh was friends with Mark Judge. He was also the captain of the school’s basketball team and also played on the soccer team. He graduated in 1983 and went on to Yale University. While at Yale, Kavanaugh majored in history and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1987. He attended Yale Law School and graduated with a Juris Doctor in 1990.
Legal Career Profile
Kavanaugh worked as a clerk for Judge Walters King Stapleton of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He was admitted to the Maryland Bar in 1990 and the District of Columbia Bar two years later. He worked with Solicitor General Ken Starr for several years, first on a one-year fellowship and then on numerous other cases. Particularly noteworthy is the sex scandal between Monica Lewinsky and then US President Bill Clinton.
In late 2000 he joined George W. Bush’s legal team and was later hired as an associate of Alberto Gonzales, the White House legal advisor when Bush became president. Kavanaugh also served as White House Secretary of Staff.
Although Kavanaugh’s nomination by President Bush for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit was blocked in the Senate for nearly three years, he has served as a judge on that court since 2006. He remained there until July 2018, when he was nominated by President Donald Trump for the U.S. Supreme Court of Justice.
Brett Kavanaugh met his wife, Ashley Estes, while they were employed by the Bush administration. She was an assistant during Bush’s presidential campaign and while he was governor of Texas.
Ashley then served as President Bush’s Personal Secretary from the beginning of the presidency until 2004. She attended Abilene Cooper High School and attended the University of Texas. Ashley married Kavanaugh in 2004. The couple’s union was blessed with two children, daughters Liza and Margaret. Kavanaugh and his family live in Chevy Chase Section Five, Maryland. Since 2018 Ashley has served as city manager of Chevy Chase Section Five, Maryland.
Judge Brett Kavanaugh is a catholic by faith. He attended Georgetown Catholic Prep School and is a lecturer at the Shrine of the Blessed Sacrament in Washington DC. He volunteers in a variety of activities for causes related to his faith. Kavanaugh is the coach of his daughters’ basketball teams at the Catholic Youth Organization. He teaches at the Washington Jesuit Academy in Washington DC, a private Catholic school, and with his local community, he also provides meals for the homeless.
Stand on Gay Marriage
When it comes to Brett Kavanaugh’s position on homosexual marriage and LGBT rights in general, no one can say exactly what his position is. There is no judgment in Kavanaugh’s history that could give an indication of how he behaves in such matters.
However, the fact that he was appointed by a Republican president and worked closely with former President George Bush, who in 2006 sought a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, almost certainly suggests to the LGBT community that he may be less friendly to LGBT rights.