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Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson Confirmed to Supreme Court

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Nora Malone

Editor

On Thursday, April 7, the Supreme Court voted to confirm Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson with a 53 to 47 vote. This makes Jackson the first black woman to have a seat on the Supreme Court and the first democratic nominee sent to the court in 12 years. 

After her highly publicized confirmation hearing, she won the votes of all the democrats and three republicans: Susan Collins (R-Maine), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), and Mitt Romney (R-Utah). She will be sworn in when Justice Stephen G. Breyer retires this summer.

Once she is sworn in, the Supreme Court will have four women, and the majority of justices will not be white men; the first time either of these things has happened.

“Her grace was evident from the jump, and I don’t think you can diminish that,” Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J) told The Washington Post.

Jackson is the first public defender to serve on the Supreme Court, serving on the US Sentencing Commission. She was also nominated to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia by President Barack Obama in 2012 and to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit last year, by President Joe Biden.

Photo Courtesy of Oprah Daily

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