Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg turned 85 years old Thursday.
She is the oldest serving member of the court, and its longest-serving woman. The next oldest member, Justice Anthony Kennedy, is 81.
Ginsburg’s physical fitness is a source of protracted anxiety for Democrats, who fear her health could deteriorate at any time, affording President Donald Trump another appointment to the Supreme Court — but the justice vows to continue serving for as long as she is able.
“As long as I can do the job full steam, I will be here,” Ginsburg recently told a friendly audience at Adas Israel synagogue in northwest Washington, D.C., in early February. She is also the court’s longest-serving Jewish justice, besting her judicial hero, Justice Louis Brandeis, by two years.
While small and hunched in stature, she remains a sharp, engaged presence during oral arguments and continues to produce opinions at a fast pace.
The high court returns Monday to begin its March sitting. The justices will review Maryland’s congressional district map, which critics say is gerrymandered to favor Democrats, and hear a challenge to a California law requiring pro-life crisis pregnancy centers to provide information about state-funded abortions.
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