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Clarence Thomas is the second African-American justice to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States. He was appointed in 1991 and leans conservative.
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One of his former aides at the EEOC, Anita Hill, came forward and testified at the hearings that he had sexually harassed her during the time the two worked together. She claimed that he asked her to go out with him, discussed pornography with her, and made inappropriate remarks about her body.
While the nation watched Hill's testimony with great interest, the committee decided that there was not enough evidence to prove her claims. Thomas was approved by the Senate by a very small margin,
a 52-48 vote.
Since his appointment in 1991, Thomas has often sided with his fellow conservatives on the court, especially Justice Antonin Scalia. He has opposed decisions in favor of affirmative action, such as the 2003 ruling that continued the program at the University of Michigan's law school. While he usually declines interviews, Thomas also clearly supports the idea of a very limited federal government in his opinions and speeches. He finally decided to talk about himself in 2007 memoir My Grandfather's Son.
When on not serving on the court, Thomas likes to read and even watch television from time to time. He is reportedly a sports fan and a supporter of the Dallas Cowboys. Also a car enthusiast, Thomas owns a Corvette and likes to watch NASCAR races.
Thomas is married to Virginia Lamp. The couple adopted his grandnephew Mark in 1997. Thomas also has a son, Jamal, from his first marriage to Kathy Ambush.
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