Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas will administer The Oath of Office to Vice President-elect Mike Pence Friday, thus making him the first African American Supreme Court Justice in American history to swear in a vice president.
While Presidents are regularly sworn in by the Chief Justice of the United States, a variety of many other officials have sworn in Vice Presidents. This time it will be Justice Thomas, a known constitutionalist.
Justice Thomas served as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for the Reagan Administration in 1982 and was appointed by George H.W. Bush to the Supreme Court in 1991, replacing Justice Thurgood Marshall. He has served 25 years on the Supreme Court and in October, made history as the longest serving African American Supreme Court Justice. Now he will add to his list of historic titles.
Vice president-elect Pence expressed his pleasure of having Justice Thomas administer the oath in a press release regarding the inauguration plans. “It will be my honor to take the Oath of Office to defend our Constitution from a man who has dedicated his life to the same noble pursuit.”
Pence continued, saying he “long admired Justice Clarence Thomas and deeply respect his judicial philosophy, dedication to the rule of law, and his historic service on the bench of our nation’s highest court.”
Adding to the historic event, the vice president-elect will also be sworn in using Ronald Reagan’s bible, which has not been sworn in on since the president himself used it during his inaugurations.
The bible will be opened to II Chronicles 7:14, the passage Reagan used during his own inaugurations.
This all contributes to the excitement building up to the inauguration of President-Elect Donald Trump on Friday.