Stephen Breyer, Biography, Age, Wife, Parent, Children, Career, Net worth

A photo of Stephen Breyer

This article will answer every question you have about Stephen Breyer Below are some of the frequently asked questions about him.

  1. What does Stephen Breyer do for a living?
  2. Who are Stephen Breyer‘s parents and siblings?
  3. What are Stephen Breyer‘s interests and hobbies?
  4. Is Stephen Breyer married or does he girlfriend/ boyfriend?
  5. DoesStephen Breyer have any children?
  6. Where is Stephen Breyer now?
  7. How tall is Stephen Breyer?
  8. How much money does Stephen Breyer earn?
  9. What is Stephen Breyer‘s net worth?

N/B: Please read the entire post to have all your questions answered.

Who is Stephen Breyer?

Stephen Breyer is an American lawyer and jurist. He has served as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States since 1994. Stephen was appointed by President Bill Clinton and replaced retiring justice, Harry Blackmun.

He is usually associated with the liberal wing of the Court.
Stephen attended the University of Oxford as a Marshall Scholar after having attended Stanford University. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 1964. From 1967 to 1980 Stephen was a lecturer and a law professor at Harvard Law after a clerkship with Associate Justice Arthur Goldberg from 1964 to 1965.

Despite holding prominent positions, Stephen was appointed in the supreme court as special assistant to the United States Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust and assistant special prosecutor on the Watergate Special Prosecution Force in 1973. From 1980 to 1994, he served on the First Circuit Court of Appeals.

Stephen tries to communicate his views on legal theory in his 2005 book Active Liberty. He argues that the judiciary should find a way to settle issues in a way that will motivate public participation in government decisions.

The American news outlets reported Stephens’s intention of retiring from the Supreme Court on January 26, 2022. After which it was officially announced on January 27, 2022, by Stephen and President Joe Biden at the White House.

A photo of Stephen Breyer
A photo of Stephen Breyer


How Old is Stephen Breyer?Ben Affleck 

Breyer is 83years old. He was born in
San Francisco, California on August 15, 1938. Breyer shares his birthday with celebrities like Ben Affleck, Walter Scott, Tony Robinson
Jean Besson Rose Marie among others.

Stephen Breyer Family

Who are Stephen Breyer’s parents?

He is the son of Anne A and Irving Gerald Breyer. His father served as legal counsel to the San Francisco Board of Education.

Does Stephen Breyer have siblings?

He has a brother known as Charles Breyer who is an American attorney and jurist serving as a Senior United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.

Stephen Breyer’s Education

Breyer attended Lowell High School where he became a member of Lowell Forensic Society. He also took part in school debate tournaments such as debates against future California governor Jerry Brown and future Harvard Law School professor Laurence Tribe. After graduating from high school in 1955 he joined Stanford University where he studied Philosophy.

Stephen graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree with the highest honors and membership in Phi Beta Kappa. He then earned himself a Marshall Scholarship at Magdalen College, Oxford, where he studied philosophy, politics, and economics. He received a second B.A. in 1961. Later in 1964, he graduated from attended Harvard Law School with a Bachelor of Laws degree magna cum laude.

Stephen Breyer’s Wife

Breyer married Joanna Freda Hare in 1967. She is a psychologist and a member of the British aristocracy.

Stephen Breyer Children – Kids

He has three children namely Chloe Breyer who is an Episcopal priest, Nell Breyer, and Michael Breyer.


Information regarding his height and measurement still remains private.

Stephen Breyer career

From 1964 to 1965 Stephen served in the U.S. Supreme Court as a law clerk to associate justice Arthur Goldberg and as a fact-checker for the Warren Commission after his law school. He was also a special assistant to the U.S Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division, Assistant Attorney General.
In 1967 Stephen returned to Harvard School of Law as an assistant professor where he taught to 1980. However, he held a joint appointment at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government from 1977 to 1980.

Stephen as a lecturer at Havard Law School

He was best in administrative Law at Harvard. Still at Harvard Stephen wrote two books on deregulation: Breaking the Vicious Circle: Toward Effective Risk Regulation and Regulation and Its Reform. He also wrote “The Uneasy Case for Copyright” in 1970 which was challenging to copyrights. Stephen regularly visited the College of Law in Sydney, Australia, the University of Rome, and the Tulane University Law School’

Stephen took several leaves in the US government while at Harvard. However, he served as a deputy special prosecutor on the Watergate Special Prosecution Force in 1973. From 1964 to 1975 Stephen served as chief counsel of the committee. He as well worked with Senator Edward M. Kennedy who was the chairman of the committee to pass the Airline Deregulation Act that ended the Civil Aeronautics Board.

Stephen Becoming a judge in the  Court of Appeal 

President Jimmy Carter nominated Stephen for the first circuit to a new seat established by 92 Stat before he lost the election on November 13, 1980. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on December 9, 1980, by an 80–10 vote. Stephen acquired his commission on States Senate on December 9, 1980, by an 80–10 vote. Stephen acquired his commission on December 10, 1980. He became a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit from 1980 to 1994 where he also acted as the Chief Judge from 1990 to 1994. His assigned duties were to supervise the design and construction of the federal courthouse for Boston and the beginning of an avocational interest in architecture and the Pritzker Architecture Prize.

Breyer serves in the Supreme Court

Stephen served as a member of the Judicial Conference of the United States from 1990 to 1994. He also served in the United States Sentencing Commission from 1985 to 1989. Stephen worked in reforming federal criminal sentencing procedures and producing Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which were formulated to increase uniformity in sentencing on the sentencing commission.
After Harry Blackmun retired President Bill Clinton nominated Stephen as an associate justice of the Supreme Court. He was nominated on May 17, 1994, and was confirmed by the Senate on July 29, 1994, by an 87 to 9 vote. Breyer received his commission on August 3, 1994.

Stephen long-severing period as a junior justice

After Associate Justice Joseph Story who served from February 3, 1812, to September 1, 1823, Stephen was recorded as the second-longest-serving junior justice in the history of the Court. He had 29 days to have broken the record before Samuel Alito’s court on January 31, 2006. Stephen has been the oldest judge since the death of Ginsburg in September 2020.

Stephen broke a federal law that denies judges from hearing cases when they, or their wives or their children have financial concerns in a company involved. A day after Stephen had participated in the oral argument he sold about $33000 worth of stock in Johnsons’ Controls. This pointed out in accordance with thus joining the majority in the judgment in favor of Johnson Controls subsidiary which was party to FERC v. Electric Power Supply Association

Stephens intentions to retire

After Democratic victories in the 2020 Presidential and senate elections, the activist and Democratic members of Congress asked Stephen to resign for president Joe Biden to appoint a younger liberal justice. In the New York Times interview in August 2021, Stephen indicated that he wanted to retire before his death. He tells of a conversation he had with Judge Antonin Scalia where Scalia said that he did not want his successor to reverse everything he had done. Breyer said that Sallias was the point will make his decision to retire.

He stated that the activists asked for his resignation during an interview with Chris Wallace ‘Fox News. He said that it was their right but he had made a decision that he will not retire. Breyer said that he considered many factors when deciding to retire and reiterated that he does plan to die on the court. On January 26 2022 news outlet reported Stephens’s intentions to withdraw from the court at the end of the 2021 to 2022 term. Stephen and President Joe Biden confirmed his retirement in the White House announcement on January 27, 2022.

Stephen Breyer Net Worth

Breyer stands an estimated net worth of $1.5 million.