The life of John Roberts Jr., the Supreme Court's youngest chief justice in 200 years
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- Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., 64, is the most powerful judge in America.
- The conservative leaning, Harvard-educated judge is presiding over the Senate trial that will decide whether to convict President Donald Trump in his impeachment inquiry.
- He's been lauded for his intelligence since he was young. While he's been chief justice of the high court since 2005, he became the new swing vote in 2019.
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Everyone knew John G. Roberts Jr. was going to achieve something big.His life has been lived in some of America's most well known institutions. After graduating from Harvard University, he worked on and off in the White House. He had a successful private practice, and appeared in the Supreme Court 39 times, winning 25 of the cases.
He's a gifted speaker and writer, who can be funny and self-deprecating. As The New York Times wrote: "Roberts is an erudite, Harvard-trained, Republican corporate-lawyer-turned-judge, with a punctilious, pragmatic view of the law."He's politically conservative. And although he's long leaned to the right, his ideology bloomed during his time working in the Reagan administration.
He's also sometimes been a hard figure to define. According to Joan Biskupic, who wrote a biography on him, he's divided by an ideological urge to push the court to the right, and a desire to keep the Supreme Court from becoming a political tool.Here's a look at his life so far, in photos.