Amy Coney Barrett is the 2020 Supreme Court nominee who was voted in to fill the space left by the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg. In this article, we look at Barrett’s background and her family of 7 siblings.
Amy Coney Barrett was born in 1972 and was raised in New Orleans as the eldest child among seven siblings produced by her father, Mike Coney, who worked as a lawyer for the Shell Oil Company. She has one brother and five sisters.
In 1994, she manage to get her undergraduate degree in English literature at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. She also later graduated from Notre Dame University Law School.
Amy Coney Barrett and her children arrive at her Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on October 12, 2020 | Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc/Getty Images
After graduation, she worked as a clerk for Justice Antonin Scalia. She then taught for 15 years at the University of Notre Dame before she was appointed in 2017 as a circuit judge on the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
She got married to Jesse Barrett, who is a former federal prosecutor, and they live in South Bend with their children. The couple’s seven children are Juliet, Emma, Tess, Vivian, Liam, John Peter, and Benjamin.
Barrett’s five sisters include her youngest sibling Megan Edwards. In a September 2020 interview with “Fox News,” Edwards described her elder sister by mentioning her Catholic faith, stating:
“Amy is a person of faith. She prays.”
The circuit judge’s sister also noted how Barrett went to church every day with her family. Edwards also praised her sibling for being able to balance her home and work life so her children always knew they come first.
During the “Fox News” interview, Edwards also defended her sister’s religious beliefs.
Barrett and her husband are part of the small Christian group called the People of Praise, which her parents, Mike and Linda, are also members of. The group has some principles that have been quite controversial.
They believe that men are the “heads” of their community. In 2017, a report revealed that the People of Praise fraction had actually grown out of the Catholic renewal movement that started in the late 1960s.
The group adopted Pentecostal practices such as believing in prophecy, speaking in tongues, and divine healing. During the remote “Fox News” interview, Edwards also defended her sister’s religious beliefs.
She felt that her sister’s beliefs were a non-issue and insisted that Barrett could pull off the Supreme Court Justice post. The circuit judge’s sister also noted how many people were religious in the US, meaning they wouldn’t have a problem with Barrett’s beliefs.