While some Supreme Court justices boast assets worth well over $1 million, President Trump's nominee to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy - Brett Kavanaugh - appears to lead a much more modest lifestyle.
US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh reportedly racked up a tens of thousands of dollars in credit card bills, some of which were due to his spending on Washington Nationals season tickets for himself and a "handful" of friends, according to financial disclosures and the White House. It reported that in 2016 the nominee had reported accrued debt of between $60,000 and $200,000.
Kavanaugh's required disclosure forms deal in broad ranges, so it's hard to get an accurate picture of his financial situation (with good Nationals seasons tickets running as much as $6,000 Kavanaugh could have been buying tickets for ten friends, or almost three dozen).
In addition to abortion, Baldwin also pointed to concerns about the fate of ObamaCare and protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions in explaining her opposition to Trump's latest Supreme Court pick. Judges aren't required to disclose this information.
But for Kavanaugh, the differences are stark between his finances and those of his would-be peers on the Court. He believes that even in red states, Democratic senators can cite preserving the Affordable Care Act as the "number one" reason they'd vote against Kavanaugh's confirmation.
"And I would say being very strict on interpretation of the Constitution and things like that, that's what impresses me, that's what ought to impress most people, because that's what the Constitution writers meant was that judges were supposed to interpret law", he added.
"He's absolutely honest and straight forward, and I think he'll make an excellent Justice on the United States Supreme Court", said Orrin Hatch of Utah, a long-serving Senate Judiciary Committee member. She began the job in 2015 and did not report any income for the prior four years.