U.S. Senate Votes to Confirm Judge Kentanji Brown Jackson to Supreme Court

The United States Senate voted on April 7 to confirm Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court, making her the first Black woman to serve as a justice in the high court.

The Senate voted 53 to 47 to confirm Jackson as the 116th Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. All Democrats voted in her favor with Republican Senators Mitt Romney, Lisa Murkowski, and Susan Collins, defying strong opposition within their party.

Jackson’s confirmation also marks the first time in the 233-year history of the Supreme Court that white men are in the minority.

Jackson also becomes the first Supreme Court Justice since Thurgood Marshall, the first Black Supreme Court justice, to have experience representing criminal defendants in her career.

Jackson, 51, will replace Justice Stephen Breyer, the most senior member of the Supreme Court bench who will retire in June.

Jackson’s lifetime appointment, however, will not shift the ideological balance of the current court, which is dominated by a 6 to 3 conservative majority.

Jackson watched the final Senate vote with President Joe Biden in the Roosevelt Room of the White House.

“We’ve taken another step toward making our highest court reflect the diversity of America. She will be an incredible Justice, and I was honored to share this moment with her,” Biden said on Twitter, sharing a photo taking with Jackson.

The White House announced that Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and Jackson will deliver remarks at the White House on April 8 to celebrate the confirmation.

Jackson currently serves on the U.S. Supreme Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.


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