The United States made history on Thursday, April 7, when the Senate confirmed Ketanji Brown Jackson as the first black woman to serve on the Supreme Court.
The Senate voted 53 to 47 to confirm Justice Ket anji Brown Jackson as the 116th Supreme Court justice. When she is sworn in this summer, Jackson will be the first black woman to serve on the nation’s high court.
“It’s one of the great moments in American history.” said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer before the vote. “Today, we are taking a giant, bold and important step on the well-trodden path of realizing the founding promise of our country. It’s a great moment for Judge Jackson, but it’s an even greater moment for America as we rise toward a more perfect union. »
President Biden called the vote “ historical moment » for the nation. ” We’ve taken the next step to make our highest court reflect America’s diversity. She will be an incredible Judge, and I was honored to share this moment with her.” Biden posted on Twitter with an image of him taking a selfie with Jackson.
All 50 Senate Democrats, including the two independents who caucus with them, voted to confirm Jackson. They were joined by three Republicans: Sens. Mitt Romney from Utah, Susan Collins from Maine and Lisa Murkowski from Alaska.
Jackson, who currently serves on the United States Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, will replace Stephen Breyer, 83, the most senior member of the court’s liberal bloc. Breyer, who Jackson worked for early in his legal career, said he intended to retire from court this summer.
Kamala Harris, the first black woman to serve as U.S. vice president, presided over the Senate vote as Jackson became the first black woman to join the Supreme Court, underscoring the historic nature of her confirmation. Harris called for the final vote on Jackson’s nomination with a smile on her face, and the chamber erupted in loud applause when the judge was confirmed.