US Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has announced that he is retiring, giving President Donald Trump the chance to pick yet another justice for the court and shift its ideological balance even farther to the right for years to come.
“It has been the greatest honor and privilege to serve our nation in the federal judiciary for 43 years, 30 of those on the Supreme Court,” Kennedy said in a statement.
The announcement came shortly after Chief Justice John Roberts adjourned the court for the summer recess.
The justice delivered a letter to White House Wednesday afternoon, informing Trump of his decision, effective July 31.
Nominated by President Ronald Reagan and confirmed in 1988, Kennedy,82, is the court’s longest-serving member and second-oldest justice.
During his tenure, Kennedy has sided with liberals on several issues, including efforts to save ObamaCare and limit the death penalty.
His retirement is bad news for liberals, who…