Brett Kavanaugh is a prominent American jurist and attorney; notable for being the Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. The attorney had previously served as the White House Staff Secretary during the administration of President George W. Bush.
Brett garnered worldwide recognition in September 2018, following his appointment to the United States Supreme Court by President Donald Trump. However, his confirmation was not upheld by the United States Senate following cases of sexual assault from Professor Christine Blasey Ford and a host of other women. Meanwhile, the US Senate ordered an investigation into the matter which will be concluded before taking further action on his confirmation. Learn more about Brett Kavanaugh, his bio, age, career, family, and other interesting facts below.
Who is Brett Kavanaugh and How Old is He?
The attorney was born as Brett Michael Kavanaugh in Washington D.C. on 12th February 1965. He was born to American parents Everett Edward Kavanaugh Jr. and his wife Martha Gamble. Brett was raised in Bethesda, Maryland where he attended Georgetown Prep School alongside US Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch. He was two years ahead of Gorsuch and while he was there; Brett participated actively in various sporting events including football and basketball.
Upon graduation from Georgetown Prep, Brett enrolled at Yale University where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree. Being an above-average student, Brett graduated with distinction in 1987. Soon after his graduation, he further went to Yale Law School where he obtained his Juris Doctor certificate in 1990. While he was there, Brett stayed with James E. Boasberg and worked as an editor for the Yale Law Journal until his graduation.
Professional Career Timeline
After his graduation in 1990, Brett Kavanaugh began his law career, at first he served as a clerk to Walter King Stapleton who was the Judge of the US Court of Appeals Third Circuit. While he was working there, he penned the majority opinions which led the Third Circuit to uphold many of Pennsylvania’s abortion restrictions at the time. He was further recommended to the ninth circuit Judge Alex Kozinski by George L. Priest who is a Professor of Law at Yale School of Law.
Subsequently, Brett joined Maryland Bar and after two years; he moved to the District of Columbia Bar in 1992. Also, the fast-rising attorney acquired a one-year fellowship with the Solicitor General of the United States named Ken Starr in 1992. Afterwards, he clerked for the Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy from 1993 to 1994. Gaining grounds in the profession, Brett served as an Associate Counsel in the office of the Independent Counsel from 1994 to 1998. In 1998, he released Starr Report which was a key factor to Bill Clinton’s impeachment moves following his sex scandal with Monica Lewinsky. The following year, Brett became a legal partner at Kirkland & Elis law firm until 2001.
Brett Kavanaugh was selected to the legal team of President George W. Bush in 2000 and after Bush emerged as President in 2001; Brett was hired by the White House Counsel, Alberto Gonzales. In 2003, he was promoted to the position of an assistant to the president as well as the White House Staff Secretary by President Bush. He was equally nominated to the US Court of Appeals for DC Circuit. However, his nomination was stalled in the Senate for three years and he was later confirmed for that position in May 2006. Since then, he has been serving as the Appeal Courts Judge for the D.C. Circuit. Throughout his career, Brett has handled many cases of environmental regulations, separation of powers, extraterritorial jurisdiction, abuse cases, abortions, and criminal procedure, just to mention a few.
In July 2018, following the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy, Brett Kavanaugh was nominated by the President of the United States Donald Trump as a potential replacement for the outgoing Supreme Court Justice. However, when he was sent to the US Senate for confirmation; a series of women came out with cases of sexual assault against the attorney. The US Senate has since been looking into the matter; apparently, Brett’s confirmation is dependent on the outcome of their investigations.
Family: Parents, Wife, and Children
Just like we aforementioned, Brett Kavanaugh was born to Everett Edward Kavanaugh and his wife Martha Gamble. He came from a lineage of attorneys; his father is an attorney who also served as the President of the Cosmetic, Toiletry, and Fragrance Association. His mother, Martha, got her law degree from the Washington College of Law in 1978 and she equally served as a judge for Maryland State Circuit Court from 1995 to 2001. There is no news of Brett’s other siblings and it is not known if he is the only child of his parents or not.
In addition to his successful career, Brett Kavanaugh is also successful in his love life. He is married to a lady named Ashley Estes. Estes is a former political aide as well as a public official. The duo met each other while working at the White House in 2001. At the time, Ashley was President George Bush’s personal secretary and she served in that position until 2004. Estes also served as the Director of Special Projects at George W. Bush Presidential Foundation from 2005 to 2009. After three years of a successful relationship, the duo got hitched in a private wedding held in 2004.
The amazing couple has two adorable daughters named Margaret and Liza Kavanaugh. They currently reside in Chevy Chase Section Five, situated in Maryland, where his wife Ashley has been working as a Town Manager since 2016. The couple has been together for a decade and there is no sign of separation between them.
How Tall is Brett Kavanaugh?
The talented US attorney is a very handsome dude with incredible height and wonderful personality. Nevertheless, his height cannot be ascertained at the moment. In addition, Brett has black hair and light brown eyes.