Thomas Hardiman, one of the potential nominees that President Donald Trump is considering for Supreme Court Justice, has an interesting background. He comes from a humble family with parents who worked hard to teach their children the importance of an education. His wife comes from a prominent Democratic family. And two of their three children are currently attending school at Notre Dame, just like their dad. Here’s what you need to know about Thomas Hardiman’s family.
1. Thomas Hardiman’s Dad Ran a Cab and School Transportation Company & His Mom Was a Homemaker & Bookkeeper
GettyThe U.S. Supreme Court is pictured June 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. Justice Anthony Kennedy, who has served on the Supreme Court since 1988, announced today that he would retire.
Thomas Hardiman was born in 1965 to Robert and Judith Hardiman. They raised him in Waltham, Massachusetts. Thomas was the first in his family to graduate from college, the Post-Gazette reported. His father ran a cab and school transportation company and Thomas drove for his father in the summers to earn money. He continued driving part-time to help pay for his law school education. His mother was a homemaker and bookkeeper for the family business.
2. Thomas Hardiman’s Wife, Lori Zappala, Is Part of a Prominent Democratic Family
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Thomas’ wife, Lori Zappala Hardiman, is a member of a prominent Democratic family. Here family members include her uncle, former Pennsylvania state Supreme Court Justice Stephen A. Zappala. (Zappala’s father, Frank Zappala, was an Italian immigrant who came to America in the early 1900s with his parents.) Stephen A. Zappala joined the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in 1983 and was named Chief Justice in 2002.
Loris’ cousin is Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala, Jr. He’s been in office since 1998 and is also a Democrat. In December 2016, his office had to pay $1,400 in Bitcoin after a hacker ring called Avalanche accessed their computer.
Her father, Richard A. Zappala, is chair of a real estate firm called The First City Company.
3. Thomas & Lori Hardiman Met When They Worked at the Same Law Firm in the Early 1990s
Potential nominee profile: Judge Thomas Hardiman, a close second to Gorsuch and a shortlister again https://t.co/Rq50sHpKhA pic.twitter.com/XFycdIU2tc
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