Kavanaugh became a prominent name in conservative circles when he worked for George W. Bush’s administration. In 2003, as assistant to the president in addition to staff secretary, he advised Bush on conservative justice nominees.
Bush later nominated him to the D.C. Circuit Court.
Prior to his stint within the Bush White House, Kavanaugh, along with Kethledge, were law clerks for the outgoing Kennedy at different times in their careers. He also served as a fellow within the Office of the Solicitor General, when Kenneth Starr was investigating President Bill Clinton.
Kavanaugh’s record as a judge could hold some appeal to moderate lawmakers if Trump gives him the nod. While he has been a reliable conservative, he shows less appetite for upending the status quo on socially divisive issues.
In 2011, he wrote a dissenting opinion when two judges on the D.C. circuit upheld the Obamacare individual mandate, explaining of which of which would certainly “usher in a significant expansion of congressional authority with no obvious principled limit.”
When the D.C. Circuit court voted in favor of a teen immigrant’s right to terminate her pregnancy in 2017, Kavanaugh was one of three judges who wrote against the decision allowing her abortion.
Yet, at of which time, he did not go as far as to say of which U.S. citizens should lose the right to an abortion of which was legalized by the 1973 Roe v Wade ruling. Since his dissent, he has not said publicly whether he is actually for or against of which Supreme Court decision.