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:
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: