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Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor

Sandra Day O’Connor
Sandra Day O’Connor was born on March 26,1930 in El Paso, Texas. As a child, she lived on her family’s 155,000 acre cattle ranch in southeastern Arizona. Her parents sent her to live with her grandmother when she was five to get a better education in El Paso where she attended Radford School For Girls. At the age of thirteen, she returned to the ranch to attend school, which was twenty two miles away. She only stayed a year, then returned to Radford. A year after that, she transferred to Austin High School where she graduated at the age of sixteen. She attended Stanford Law1where she majored in economics and earned a BA Degree with honors. She earned her LL.B. Degree and ranked third in her class out of 102 students in 1952. The top ranking student in her class was future Supreme Court Justice William H. Rehnquist. Also in 1952 she married one of her fellow law students John O’Connor, and moved to Phoenix, Arizona. They had three sons, Scott, Jay, and Brian.
O’Connor started her political career as a republican in 1952 by becoming Deputy County Attorney San Mateo County, CA. She became Civilian Attorney for Quartermaster Market Center, Frankfurt, Germany in 1954, Private Practice of Law in Maryvale, Arizona in 1958, and Assistant Attorney General for State of Arizona in 1965. In 1969, she was appointed State Senator and was reelected twice. In 1972, she was elected Arizona Senate Majority Leader, and served as Chairwoman of the State, County, and Municipal Affairs Committee in 1972 – 1973. She also served on the Legislative Council, on the Probate Code Commission, and on the Arizona Advisory Council onIntergovernmental Relations. She was elected judge of the Maricopa County Superior Court, Phoenix, Arizona and served from 1975-1979. She was appointed toArizona Court of Appeals By Governor Bruce Babbit and served from 1979-1981. O’Connor was nominated Associate Ju

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