Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is not planning to retire anytime soon. Last week a site called Above the Law published a list of clerk hires for upcoming terms and Justice Ginsburg has already hired clerks through October 2019, which means she is planning to be around at the end of Trump’s 1st term. From CNN:
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg marks her 25th anniversary on the Supreme Court this year, and the cultural icon known as the “Notorious RBG” recently signaled that she intends to stay at least through 2020 by hiring law clerks for at least two more terms…
If Democrat Hillary Clinton had won the presidency in 2016, liberal Ginsburg would likely have announced her retirement by this spring. Instead the justice who made her name as a women’s rights lawyer in the 1970s apparently is not counting on leaving the stage any time soon…
Ginsburg has made clear in interviews that she would stay if her health holds. She has survived two bouts with cancer, colorectal in 1999 and pancreatic in 2009, and says she gets regular check-ups.
Ginsburg will turn 85 in a couple months, so by January 20, 2021, she would be weeks away from turning 88. That would be her first opportunity to retire assuming a Democrat defeats Trump in the 2020 election. Of course, if Democrats manage to take the Senate in 2018 (despite a tough electoral map), Ginsburg could retire a bit earlier and count on her party to hold the seat open until 2021, not unlike Mitch McConnell did with Merrick Garland. But obviously, if Trump holds on in 2020 then Ginsburg is going to have to stick around until she turns 91 to have another chance at retirement under a Democratic president.
Keeping Ginsburg healthy enough to remain on the court until a Democratic president takes office has become its own cottage industry. Last year her personal trainer published an illustrated guide to her workout regime titled “The RBG Workout: How She Stays Strong . . . and You Can Too!” Here’s a sample of the ad copy:
Have you ever wondered what keeps Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, one of the Supreme Court’s favorite octogenarians, so sprightly? She owes it in part to the twice-weekly workouts she does with her personal trainer, Bryant Johnson, a man she’s called “the most important person” in her life. Now you too can work out with Justice Ginsburg’s trainer in the comfort of your home with The RBG Workout.
— Lori Conroy (@LoriConroy3) October 16, 2017
There has been plenty of speculation that swing vote Anthony Kennedy might retire this year. He is currently 81-years-old. According to Above the Law, he has hired clerks through 2019.