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John and Jane Roberts Marriage Profile


John and Jane Roberts

Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts sits for a photo with his family at the Supreme Court just before his investiture ceremony October 3, 2005 in Washington, DC. He is joined by his wife Jane Roberts, and their children, Jack and Josie.

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Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts has been married to Jane Sullivan since 1996. Here is more information about the couple and their family.


John Glover Roberts, Jr: January 27, 1955 in Buffalo, New York. He grew up in Long Beach, Indiana.

Jane Marie Sullivan: Abt. 1955.

How Jane and John Met:

John and Jane first met in 1986, but didn't start dating until 1991.
Jane about meeting John: "In a beach house in Delaware. I love to swim, and I love the ocean. … (In 1986) I brought a number of friends from Shaw Pittman, and we joined a beach house that had been started by a friend over at Hogan and Hartson (the law firm for which John Roberts worked). But he [John] was not really quite the beach-goer that I was. He preferred to play golf, so we didn’t meet until ’91 ... When I came back from Australia in ’93 we met again ... And we started to date."
Source: Jean Chemnick. "Lawyer, feminist, Catholic, and mother." Telegram.com. 1/03/2006.

Ages at Wedding:

Both John and Jane were 41 when they married.


John and Jane were married on July 27, 1996 at St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church in Washington, D.C. The ceremony was performed by Msgr. Peter Joseph Vaghi. One of their groomsmen was Michael Luttig.


John and Jane have two adopted children, a son and a daughter: John (Jack) and Josephine (Josie), both born in 2000.


John: Supreme Court Justice on September 29, 2005, law clerk for Judge Henry J. Friendly, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit 1979-1980, law clerk for Associate Justice William H. Rehnquist from 1980-81, special assistant to U.S. Attorney William French Smith in 1981, associate counsel to President Reagan 1982-1986, member of Hogan & Hartson's Appellate Practice Group 1986-1989, principal deputy solicitor general from 1989-1993, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

Jane: Lawyer, partner in the Washington, D.C. legal recruiting firm of Major, Lindsey & Africa. Jane is also involved in non-profit organizations such as a professional women's group, a hospice, an environmental group, and more.

Jane: "Along the way, I worked many jobs to make ends meet. I’ve been a restaurant waitress, a hotel hostess, a car parker, a nurse’s aide, a maid in a motel, a bookkeeper, and a researcher. I was an Irish Catholic waitress in a Greek restaurant in a Jewish neighborhood. I was also a cocktail waitress in a port town near the iron ore mines in far Western Australia, a thousand miles from the nearest paved road, and I hitch-hiked to get there. It was like the Wild West with miners ordering rum and Coke by the pitcher and huge bar bouncers from the Thursday Islands throwing miners who got out of hand out the window."
Source: Jane Sullivan-Roberts. "New England Law | Boston 100th Commencement Address." NESL.edu. 5/27/2011.


Both John and Jane are catholics and attend Little Flower Catholic Church in Bethesda, Maryland.


John and Jane live in Chevy Chase, Maryland in a two-story, white brick colonial home. The couple also holds a one-eighth interest in a cottage in Knocklong, Limerick, Ireland. They like to spend their summers on Hupper Island, in St. George, Maine.

Quotes About the Marriage of John and Jane Roberts:

Christina Wilkie: "People who know Jane Roberts and her husband, however, say the pressures of the high court have done little to change day-to-day life in their family over the past seven years. 'They've been in Washington a long time, and they're really comfortable here,' said Jane's former classmate. 'Jane is outgoing, and she's more quick to laugh than you might expect. Plus, they also happen to be incredibly nice. He's a doll. He is so sweet.' 'I think what's amazing about them is that they've managed to do a really high-quality job of parenting with these incredibly demanding careers,' said McElroy, the author."
Source: Christina Wilkie. "Jane Roberts, Chief Justice John Roberts' Spouse, Breaks The Mold Of Supreme Court Wives." HuffingtonPost.com. 8/09/2012.

Fred F. Fielding: ""They are deeply religious, but they don't wear it on their sleeves at all."
Source: Todd S. Purdum, Jodi Wilgoren, Pam Belluck. "Court Nominee's Life Is Rooted in Faith and Respect for Law." NYTimes.com. 7/21/2005.

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