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Samuel and Martha-Ann Alito


Sworn in as the Supreme Court's 110th Justice on 2/1/06, Samuel A. Alito, Jr., has been married to Martha-Ann Bomgardner since 1985. Read more about Samuel and Martha-Ann's marriage, children, and interests.

News Updates:

2/1/06: Samuel Alito became the Supreme Court's 110th Justice when he was confirmed by the Senate on 1/31/06 and sworn in on 2/1/06. His wife, Martha-Ann, watched the Senate vote with him in the Roosevelt Room of the White House.

Justice Alito's appointment allows Justice Sandra Day O'Connor to finally retire and spend time with her ailing husband.

1/11/06: The confirmation hearings of Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito created an environment so contentious that Alito's wife, Martha-Ann Bomgardner, left in tears near the end of the day. It was later reported that she also had a migraine headache.


Samuel Anthony Alito, Jr. was born on April 1, 1950 in Trenton, New Jersey.

Martha-Ann Bomgardner was born on July 31, 1953 in Ft. Knox, Kentucky.

Wedding Date:

Samuel and Martha-Ann were married in February, 1985.


Samuel and Martha-Ann have two children.

  • Philip Samuel Alito, a student at Brown College at Monroe Hill. Philip competes in tennis.

  • Laura Alito, a student at james Caldwell High School. Laura competes in swimming, set school records in the 100 Butterfly and 100 Backstroke, and qualified for the Girls All-State Team in March, 2005.


Samuel Alito, Jr. is a Catholic.


Samuel attended Princeton, where he received his A.B. in 1972, and Yale Law School, where he received his J.D. in 1975.

Martha-Ann was a student at Rutgers University inn France, 1973-1974. She received her BA from the University of Kentucky in 1975 and her MSL.S. from the University of Kentucky in 1977.


Samuel has most recently been a Judge of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. He was also the U.S. attorney in New Jersey from 1987-1989, and an assistant to the solicitor general in the Justice Department from 1981-1985.

Martha-Ann has been a law librarian.


Before his appointment as Justice of the Supreme Court, Samuel and Martha-Ann resided in a 1999 built, two-story, $500,000 home in West Caldwell, New Jersey.


Samuel Alito is said to be quiet, reserved, mild-mannered, generous, gracious, having a wry sense of humor, and very smart. He loves to read, especially biographies and history. Samuel is a gourmet cook, and a great fan of the Philadelphia Phillies.

Martha has a show dog, Avonlea's Affable Zeus, an English Springer Spaniel.

Quotes about Family and Marriage:

Samuel, about his family: "My wife, Martha, has been a constant source of love and support for the past 20 years. My children, Philip and Laura, are the pride of my life and they have made sure that being a judge has never gone to my head -- they do that very well on a, pretty much, daily basis."
Source: Whitehouse.gov

President George W. Bush, on nominating Samuel Alito the the Supreme Court: "Today, Judge Alito is joined by his wife, Martha, who was a law librarian when he first met her. Sam and I both know you can't go wrong marrying a librarian."
Source: Whitehouse.gov

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