President Joe Biden came through on a promise he made during his campaign and again in late January. The president has nominated Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to become the 116th Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. If confirmed, Ketanji will be the first Black woman to hold a seat in the nation’s highest court.
“I’m proud to announce that I am nominating Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to serve on the Supreme Court,” the president tweeted. “Currently serving on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, she is one of our nation’s brightest legal minds and will be an exceptional Justice.
I’m proud to announce that I am nominating Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to serve on the Supreme Court. Currently serving on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, she is one of our nation’s brightest legal minds and will be an exceptional Justice.https://t.co/iePvhz1YaA pic.twitter.com/Nzqv2AtN8h
— President Biden (@POTUS) February 25, 2022
Judge Ketanji’s Potential Seat
Judge Jackson will fill the seat of Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, who announced his retirement on January 27, per CBS News. Soon after the retirement news broke, Biden informed Americans he’d be announcing his pick by end of February.
“I will select a nominee worthy of Justice Breyer’s legacy of excellence and decency. While I’ve been studying candidates’ backgrounds and writings, I have made no decision except one,” Biden said. “The person I will nominate will be someone with extraordinary qualifications, character, experience and integrity. And that person will be the first Black woman ever nominated to the United States Supreme Court. It’s long overdue, in my view. I made that commitment during the campaign for president, and I will keep that commitment.”
Thee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson
Well, keep his commitment he did! And this isn’t Ketanji’s first time working closely with the Biden administration. Judge Jackson was one of the president’s first picks for judicial nominees. She was confirmed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in 2021.
But Ketanji’s resume also extends to the first time Biden was in office as vice president. After President Barack Obama nominated her in 2009, Judge Jackson was confirmed as Vice Chair of the U.S. Sentencing Commission in 2010. During Obama’s second term, he also nominated Ketanji to be a district court judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. She was confirmed in 2012. It’s worth nothing that all three confirmations happened with bipartisan support, per the White House.
If confirmed, Ketanji won’t only be the first African-American woman serving on the Supreme Court, but also the first former public defender to do so. To bring things full circle, Ketanji actually served as Justice Stephen Breyer’s law clerk.
President Biden will address the nomination at 2 p.m. ET. This is a developing story.
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