Friday, July 1, 2011

John Dean on Clarence Thomas and 1991 Senate Vote to Confirm Clarence Thomas to the US Supreme Court

Nominated to the Supreme Court by President George H.W. Bush in 1991 to replace retiring Justice Thurgood Marshall, Clarence Thomas was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on a 52 – 48 vote.  Democratic Senators who voted to confirm Thomas, all of whom have since left the Senate, were:

Boren (Ok)
Breaux (La)
DeConcini (Ariz)
Dixon (Ill)
Exon (Nebraska)
Fowler (Ga)
Hollings (S.C.)
Johnston (La)
Nunn (Ga)
Robb (Va)
Shelby (Ala) who later joined the Republican party

Sen. Jim Jeffords (Vt) who was still a Republican voted against Thomas’ confirmation.

Moderate Republicans and those still in the Senate who voted to confirm Thomas included:

Chaffee (RI)
Coats (Indiana)
Cohen (Maine)
Grassley (Iowa)
Hatfield (Oregon)
Hatch (Utah)
Lugar (Indiana)
McCain (Ariz)
Simpson (Wyo)
Spector (Pa)

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