Filling Souter’s seat will be President Obama’s first Supreme Court appointment. The last seat filled was Samuel Alito in 2006 by President George W. Bush.
Souter’s announcement was a surprise to Washington. While the announcement was a surprise it is known in Washington circles that Souter much prefers the quiet of his quiet home to the life he leads in Washington D.C.
The Rhodes Scholar earned his law degrees at Harvard University. He rose through the ranks becoming New Hampshire’s attorney general in 1976 and became a state court judge in 1978. In 1990 he was on the federal appeals court in Boston just a few months before he was picked by President Bush for the Supreme Court.