Judge Samuel Alito is seen in Washington, DC on October 31, 2005. That was the year that President George W. Bush nominated Samuel Alito to be a reliable right-wing vote on the Supreme Court. (Mission accomplished!) Samuel Alito was born in 1950, so he turned 55 the year this photo was taken. He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate, and took his seat on the Supreme Court in January of 2006.