On July 29, 1986, the Senate Judiciary Committee began hearings on President Reagan’s nomination of William Hubbs Rehnquist to be Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court. On June 17, 1986, Chief Justice Warren Burger formally retired from the Court. You can read the transcript from the hearings at http://1.usa.gov/1I8Tdrn. The Senators discuss the historic nature of the proceedings and Justice Rehnquist’s qualifications for the post. They review his judicial record on cases involving women’s rights, segregation and other hot-button issues. On September 17, 1986, the Senate voted 65 to 33 to confirm him as the 16th Chief Justice of the United States.