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The records below relate to Brett M. Kavanaugh's service in the White House Counsel's Office and the White House Office of the Staff Secretary under the Administration of President George W. Bush. They were processed in response to numerous requests for Kavanaugh records after his nomination to the Supreme Court in July 2018.
Brett M. Kavanaugh was born in 1965 in Washington, D.C. He attended Yale, earning a bachelor's degree in 1987 and a juris doctor degree in 1990. After graduating, he served as a law clerk for Judge Walter Stapleton of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and for Judge Alex Kozinski of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Following his clerkships, Kavanaugh had a fellowship in the Office of the Solicitor General at the Department of Justice. He then clerked for Justice Anthony Kennedy at the Supreme Court. Next, Kavanaugh served as associate independent counsel during the Whitewater investigation. He moved into private practice and became partner at Kirkland & Ellis.
In 2001, he joined the George W. Bush administration in the White House Counsel's Office. He first served as Associate Counsel to the President before a promotion to Senior Associate Counsel to the President. In 2003, he changed positions within the White House and became Assistant to the President and Staff Secretary until his confirmation as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on May 26, 2006. Kavanaugh was nominated to the Supreme Court on July 9, 2018 by President Donald Trump. He was confirmed by the Senate on October 6, 2018 and sworn in two days later.
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Brett M. Kavanaugh's White House Records
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