Clarence Thomas (born June 23, 1948)

Clarence Thomas is an American lawyer who serves as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

He was nominated by President George H. W. Bush to succeed Thurgood Marshall, and has served since 1991.

Thomas is the second African-American to serve on the Court, after Marshall.

Since 2018, Thomas has been the senior associate justice, the longest-serving member of the Court, with a tenure of 30 years, 148 days as of March 20, 2022.

Supreme Court experts describe Thomas's jurisprudence as textualist, stressing the original meaning of the United States Constitution and statutes.

He is also an advocate of natural law. Many writers and political scientists view Thomas as the Court's most conservative member.

He is also known for having gone over a decade without asking a question during oral arguments.