Bloomberg by David Ingold --
The Senate confirmed Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court on Friday, ending more than a year of high-stakes political maneuvering to fill the vacancy created by the death of Antonin Scalia. The Gorsuch saga underscored the increasing importance of these lifetime appointments. On average, Supreme Court justices are serving longer tenures now than at any point in the court’s history, meaning a president’s pick could influence the nation’s highest court for decades.
Since World War II, the average age when a judge leaves the court, either through retirement or death, has been increasing.