| Brett Kavanaugh |
|Born||February 12, 1965|
|Alma mater||Yale Law School|
Kavanaugh served as Associate Counsel under Kenneth Starr during the Whitewater investigation (1994-1997) and "went on to become a partner in Starr's private firm", Kirkland & Ellis until 2001, when he joined the Office of Counsel in the White House. "In 2000, he served as the Lawyers for Bush-Cheney Regional Coordinator for Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia. He traveled to Daland, Florida in November 2000 to 'participate in legal activities related to the recount.'" 
Kavanaugh studied history at Yale University, where he joined Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity. He then attended Yale Law School, after which he began his career as a law clerk working under Judge Ken Starr. After Starr left the D.C. Circuit to become the head of the Office of Independent Counsel, Kavanaugh assisted him with various investigations concerning President Bill Clinton, including drafting the Starr Report recommending Clinton's impeachment. After the 2000 U.S. presidential election, in which he worked for George W. Bush's campaign in the Florida recount, he joined the Bush administration as White House staff secretary and was a central figure in its efforts to identify and confirm judicial nominees. Bush nominated Kavanaugh to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in 2003. His confirmation hearings were contentious and stalled for three years over charges of partisanship. He was ultimately confirmed to the D.C. Circuit in May 2006 after a series of negotiations between Democratic and Republican U.S. senators.
"During his 12 years on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh decided or wrote an opinion against the public interest 87 percent of the time in split-decision cases in five key areas"