Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy today announced his retirement, paving the way for President Donald Trump to appoint another judge to the nation’s highest court.
Kennedy will turn 82 next month. He was appointed by President Ronald Reagan and has held his seat on the bench for over 30 years.
The retiring judge wrote in a letter to the president, “Please permit me by this letter to express my profound gratitude for having had the privilege to seek in each case how best to know, interrupt, and defend the Constitution and the laws that must always conform to its mandates and promises.”
Last year, Senate confirmed Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Gorsuch was Trump’s pick to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia.
Yesterday, the Supreme Court voted to uphold the controversial travel ban of the Trump administration, a decision that caused an uproar from the left.