Who is Amy Coney Barrett married to? Since her SCOTUS nomination and mention during last night’s presidential debate, people are curious about the personal aspects of her life. We look at who Judge Barrett’s husband is and what her views are on family and religion.

Who is Judge Barrett?

A Notre Dame university law professor and federal appellate judge, Amy Coney Barrett was nominated by President Trump to step up as SCOTUS (Supreme Court of The United States) associate justice. The position was left vacant by the tragic passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg on 18 September.

WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 29: Seventh U.S. Circuit Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, meets with Senator David Perdue, (R-GA), before a meeting at the United States Capitol Building in Washington DC on September 29, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Pool/Getty Images)

News of Amy Coney Barrett’s SCOTUS nomination comes only days after Bader Ginsburg’s passing and a week before the first presidential debate.

During the debate both Trump and Biden discussed Judge Barrett’s new position, with Trump being for and Biden against such a speedy nomination to replace a SCOTUS chair member.

SCOTUS confirmation hearings

Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearings are set to begin today, 12 October, just 16 days after her nomination was announced. According to some political analysts, the speed at which Coney Barrett’s process moved is unprecedented within the American judicial system to date.

Coupled with the fact that the hearings are taking place in the middle of a global pandemic, and shortly after two committee nominee members (Republicans) have tested positive for covid-19, Coney Barrett’s hearings mark a number of firsts this election year.

Who is Amy Coney Barrett married to?

Amy Coney Barrett is married to Jesse M Barrett.

According to Newsweek, “The Barretts met in the late 1990s when they both attended the Notre Dame Law School in Indiana”. They have been married for the last 21 years.

 

Both Amy and Jesse Barrett have had careers in law and politics. Jesse now works for his own private practice named Southbank Legal: LaDue Curran & Kuehn, where he primarily focuses on white collar criminal defence.

Both Jesse and Amy lead busy lives and high profile careers, but on top of this, they’re also raising 7 children together, two of which have been adopted from Haiti.

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The couple’s youngest was born with Down’s Syndrome and special needs. Coney Barrett explained the family’s dynamic for The Sun saying: “In order of age, they are Emma (19), Vivian (16), Tess (16), John Peter (13), Liam (11), Juliet (9), and Benjamin (8).”

Amy Coney Barrett on family and religion

Leading a life in politics or law can be time consuming enough, let alone with 7 kids. One way the Barretts cope with their busy lifestyle is through their devout Catholicism.

The Barrets have allegedly been tied to a religious group called “People Of praise”. Amy Coney Barret’s association with People Of Praise has recently come under online scrutiny because of the group’s allegedly misogynistic views, including calling women “handmaids”.

In response to some of these remarks, Coney Barrett replied that her religious beliefs do not “bear in the discharge of [her] duties as a judge”.

Twitter reactions

#amyconeybarrett has been trending on Twitter since the SCOTUS announcement. A few users had some less-than-nice things to say about it…

Handmaids tale-esque

…while others fully support Amy Barrett in her new position:

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