Justice Thomas celebrates 30 years on nation’s highest court

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas issued a concurrence in a case over former President Donald Trump's Twitter account in which Thomas suggested that social media companies should be regulated like a common carrier, like a telephone company. Patrick Semansky/AP

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is pictured. (Patrick Semansky/AP Photo)

UPDATED 8:03 AM PT – Friday, October 22, 2021

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is celebrating 30 years on the nation’s highest court. Thomas marked the milestone Thursday during a symposium hosted by the Heritage Foundation, where an annual award named after him is given every October.

The 73-year-old thanked his family and colleagues, but said if anyone deserves credit it’s former President George H.W. Bush who nominated him. The judge also gave special recognition to former U.S. Deputy Attorney General, Larry Silberman for convincing him to become a judge.

Additionally, keynote speaker Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell praised Thomas and said the Supreme Court needs more justices like him.

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