Antonin Scalia, who has now worked for the law firm of Jones, Day, Cockley, and Reavis in Cleveland, Ohio for six years, turns down the law professor position for the University of Virginia. Because of the influence of a professor he had at college (a course he almost didn't take) he mulls over running for Congress in his hometown of Queens instead.
Scalia, with the backing of New York Mayor John Lindsay, easily wins election to the 3rd district.
During his first year in Congress, Scalia establishes a reputation as a conservative and constitutionalist.
Scalia wins re-election to the 3rd District by a comfortable margin.
Scalia, angered by liberals in the U.S. Senate blocking President Nixon's conservative judicial nominees after rubber stamping Johnson's and Kennedy's, proposes the Judicial Act which would require the Senate to vote on all judicial nominees within 60 days of their nomination. Although the act is passed in the House, it narrowly fails in the Senate. In spite of this, Scalia becomes known as a judicial crusader.
Congressman Scalia is overwhelmingly re-elected from the his Queens district to the U.S. House.
Scalia proposes that all judicial nominees receive a vote in the Senate within 100 days of their nominations. This time it passes both houses and is signed into law by President Nixon on January 29, 1973. Late in the year Scalia begins preparations for a Senate run in 1974.
Scalia narrowly defeats Senator Jacob Javits in the Republican senatorial primary largely because of Conservative Party voters voting for Scalia in the primary. Scalia wins the general election by 5,500 votes.
After Scalia's push hard for it, the Judiciary Act of 1975 becomes law on February 29. The act mandates that all Judiciary nominees must be voted on within 60 days of their nominations.
Scalia is considered a leading contender for the vice-presidential nomination, but Bob Dole is chosen instead.
After considering running for President, Scalia wins re-election by a wide margin.
After President Reagan offers Scalia the Attorney General, but Scalia declines because he is planning to run for Governor of New York.
Scalia is elected Governor of New York over Democrat Lieutenant Governor Mario Cuomo. Scalia appoints Jack Kemp to succeed him in the Senate.
President Reagan appoints Robert Bork to the Supreme Court, and after a hard confirmation Bork wins conformation. Governor Scalia is re-elected in a landslide and begins planning a run for the presidency in 1988.
President Reagan nominates David Ginsburg to the Supreme Court and in spite of allegations of drug use, Ginsburg wins confirmation by a vote of 51-48. 1988
Governor Scalia wins the Republican nomination over Vice President George Bush shortly after Super Tuesday. Scalia chooses Bush as his running mate. That November, Scalia wins 57% of the vote against Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis.
Antonin Scalia is sworn in as President in January.
Scalia feels that he has been given a mandate to be a strict conservative when at all possible and he signs an executive order that states that all prospective parents under the age of 21 will be required to take parenting classes.