Nomination of Sandra Day O'Connor To Be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States

July 7, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate Judge Sandra Day O'Connor to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, filling the vacancy created by the resignation of Justice Potter Stewart. Judge O'Connor presently serves on the Arizona Court of Appeals. The President will forward to the Senate his nomination of Judge O'Connor upon completion of the required background check by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Judge O'Connor, age 51, earned both her undergraduate and law degrees at Stanford University. She received her B.A. magna cum laude in 1950 and her LL.B. with high honors in 1952. She was a member of the board of editors of the Stanford Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif. Judge O'Connor was admitted to the Bar of the State of California in the year of her graduation and to the Bar of the State of Arizona in 1957.

Judge O'Connor practiced law in Phoenix, Ariz., for a number of years. She served as assistant attorney general of Arizona from 1965 to 1969 and served in the Arizona State Senate from 1969 to 1975.

In 1974 Judge O'Connor was elected to the superior court for Maricopa County, Ariz. She served on that court until she was appointed to the Arizona Court of Appeals in 1979. Judge O'Connor is married to John Hay O'Connor III. They have three children.