Who is Merrick Garland?
Merrick Garland is the 86th United States attorney general, a position he took in March 2021. As a lawyer and jurist, he previously served as a circuit judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit from 1997 to 2021.
Merrick Garland Age
Garland is 69 years old. He was born on November 13, 1952, in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Merrick Garland Height
Garland stands at a height of 5 feet 6 inches tall.
Merrick Garland Parents
Garland is the son of Shirley and Cyril Garland. His father headed Garland Advertising, a small business while his mother was a director of volunteer services at Chicago’s Council for Jewish Elderly.
Merrick Garland Education
Garland went to Niles West High School in Illinois. While there he was the student council president and later graduated as the class valedictorian in 1970.
Garland then joined Havard University where he studied history.
He graduated from Harvard in 1974 as class valedictorian with an A.B. summa cum laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
Garland then joined Harvard Law School where he was a member of the Harvard Law Review.
Merrick Garland Political Party
Gerland has not publicly stated his political party affiliation. He was nominated by Barrack Obama, a Democrat in 2016 which was not successful. He was then nominated by President Biden, a Democrat, as the Attorney General.
Merrick Garland Wife
Merrick is married to his wife Lynn Rosenman Garland. They got married in September 1987 at the Harvard Club in Manhattan.
Lynn also has a background in law as her grandfather Samuel Irving Rosenman was a justice of the New York Supreme Court. Her father Robert Rosenman, was a partner in the New York law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore.
Who is Lynn Rosenman Garland?
Lynn was the advisor for government and nonprofit groups on voting systems security and accuracy issues as of 2018.
She previously worked as a staff assistant to the vice president of operations for defense electronics contractor E-Systems Inc.’s Melpar division in Falls Church Virginia in 1987.
Lynn studied at Harvard University and then at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management to earn a Master of Science in operations management.
Merrick Garland Daughters
Garland and his wife Lynn have two daughters Rebecca and Jessica. Both their daughters graduated from Yale University. Jessica was hired by Justice Elena Kagan as one of her law clerks in early July 2020.
She had to step down from her position when her father was appointed the attorney general as the Supreme Court said it would lead to a conflict of interest.
Jessica got married to Xan Tanner in June 2018. Tanner is the founder and the president of Panorama Education, an analytical software and services company in Boston.
Merrick Garland Supreme Court
Garland was appointed the chief judge of the D.C. Circuit on February 12, 2013. As chief judge, Garland was an active member of the Judicial Conference of the United States.
He was succeded by Judge Sri Srinivasan after his seven-year term ended on February 11, 2020.
Garland was then nominated by President Barack Obama to the United States Supreme Court after Justice Antonin Scalia died in 2016.
He was previously considered to fill the position in 2009 and 2010. He was one of the nine finalists to fill the vacant position after Justice David Scouter’s retirement plans in 2009.
After Garland was nominated by Barck Obama, the Senate Republicans majority led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused to consider Garland’s nomination, holding “no hearings, no votes, no action whatsoever” on the nomination.
His nomination expired after 293 days on January 3, 2017 months after Barack Obama’s reign ended. The new president Donald Trump then nominated Neil Gorsuch to fill the vacancy.
Merrick Garland’s Net Worth
As of 2022, Garland’s net worth is estimated to be between 20 million and $50 million.
Merrick Garland Salary
Garland earns an estimated annual salary of $250,ooo as the attorney general of the United States.
Merrick Garland Attorney General
Garland was selected for the position of United States attorney general by Joe Biden in January 2021.
He affirmed that the Justice Department would remain independent under his leadership. He was sworn in on March 11, 2021, by Assistant Attorney General for Administration Lee Lofthus.