Ketanji Brown Jackson has finally been confirmed as the first black woman to be promoted to serve the US Supreme Court. She was confirmed to the supreme court on Thursday, overcoming a rancorous Senate approval process.
Jackson witnessed the voting proceeding with President Biden in the White House.
The final vote was 53 to 47, with all 50 Democratic caucus members supporting Jackson, joined by Republican Sens. Susan Collins, of Maine, Lisa Murkowski, of Alaska, and Mitt Romney, of Utah. Vice President Kamala Harris presided over the vote.
“This is a wonderful day, a joyous day, an inspiring day for the Senate, for the Supreme Court and for the United States of America,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Thursday, calling Jackson “brilliant,” “beloved,” and saying she “belongs” on the Supreme Court.
“This is one of the great moment of American history,” he said.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., unsuccessfully fought to scuttle Jackson’s nomination in recent weeks.
Ketanji Brown Jackson Biography
Ketanji Brown Jackson is an American attorney and jurist serving as a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit since 2021.
In early 2016, the Obama administration officials vetted Jackson as a potential nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court to fill the vacancy left by the death of Antonin Scalia.
Jackson was one of five applicants talked with as a possible chosen one for the opportunity.