Modern Supreme Court Nominees Quizzed on More Topics
Supreme Court hearings became public in the 1940’s, and senators have grilled nominees on a wider variety of issues as time has progressed. Nominees, like Charles Whittaker, Robert Jackson, and Abe Fortas, who came before the Senate in the middle of the 20th century were questioned on 3 different topics at most, while a majority of sitting judges were questioned on over 20 topics. Kavanaugh’s proceedings have become hyper-politicized and the nominee is expected to be questioned on many topics as the proceedings move forward.
This chart shows the number of unique issues brought up during select Supreme Court nominee hearings.