Sandra Day O'Connor, Date of Birth, Place of Birth


Sandra Day O'Connor

former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States

Date of Birth: 26-Mar-1930

Place of Birth: El Paso, Texas, United States

Profession: judge, lawyer, politician

Nationality: United States

Zodiac Sign: Aries

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About Sandra Day O'Connor

  • Sandra Day O'Connor (born March 26, 1930) is a retired Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, who served from her 1981 appointment by President Ronald Reagan until her retirement in 2006.
  • She was the first woman to serve on the Court.Prior to O'Connor's tenure on the Court, she was a judge and an elected official in Arizona, serving as the first female Majority Leader of a state senate as the Republican leader in the Arizona Senate.
  • Upon her nomination to the Court, O'Connor was confirmed unanimously by the Senate.
  • On July 1, 2005, she announced her intention to retire effective upon the confirmation of a successor.
  • Samuel Alito was nominated to take her seat in October 2005 and joined the Court on January 31, 2006. As a moderate Republican, O'Connor tended to approach each case narrowly without seeking to establish sweeping precedents.
  • She most frequently sided with the Court's conservative bloc, having the swing opinion in many decisions.
  • She often wrote concurring opinions that limited the reach of the majority holding.
  • Her majority opinions in landmark cases include Grutter v.
  • Bollinger and Hamdi v.
  • Rumsfeld.
  • She also wrote in part the per curiam majority opinion in Bush v.
  • Gore, and was one of three co-authors of the lead opinion in Planned Parenthood v.
  • Casey. During her time on the court, some publications ranked her among the most powerful women in the world.
  • On August 12, 2009, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama.

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