President Joe Biden To Nominate Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court
She would be the first Black woman to serve as a justice.
The decision comes after Biden’s campaign promise, in which he vowed to appoint a Black woman to the bench. “For too long our government, our courts, haven’t looked like America,” Biden said. “I believe it is time that we have a court that reflects the full talents and greatness of our nation,” he added.
“If confirmed by the Senate [next week], she would replace Justice Stephen G. Breyer, the senior member of the court’s three-member liberal wing,” as per The New York Times. A graduate of Harvard Law School, the 51-year-old judge clerked for Justice Breyer during his 1999 to 2000 Supreme Court term.
“If I’m fortunate enough to be confirmed as the next associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States,” Judge Jackson shared. “I can only hope that my life and career, my love of this country and the Constitution and my commitment to upholding the rule of law and the sacred principles upon which this great nation was founded, will inspire future generations of Americans.”
Although the court’s ideological balance remains the same, Jackson’s nomination would signify another first — all three justices appointed by Democratic presidents would be women. She was chosen from a shortlist, which included frontrunners Leondra R. Kruger of the California Supreme Court and J. Michelle Childs, a Federal District Court Judge based in South Carolina.
- The New York Times