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Who is the current Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court?

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November 21, 2017 3:00AM

Chief Justice of the United States is John Glover Roberts, Jr.

Former President George W. Bush nominated Roberts as Chief Justice of the United States, to succeed the late Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, who died in office in 2005.

Important Note 1:

Although most people think this office is Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, the official title is Chief Justice of the United States (28 USC § 1). The sixth Chief Justice, Salmon Chase, suggested the title change to emphasize the Supreme Court's role as a coequal branch of government.

Note 2:

Unlike other positions with "term limits", the Chief Justice of the United States is considered a lifelong position. The Chief Justice may serve until he or she retires or dies, or otherwise vacates the appointment.


John Glover Roberts, Jr. (born January 27, 1955) is the 17th and current Chief Justice of the United States.