‘Historic Moment’: Ketanji Brown Jackson Confirmed As Nation’s First Black Female Supreme Court Justice
Newly confirmed Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson became the first black female justice on the nation’s highest court, an achievement President Joe Biden referred to as a “historic moment.”
Jackson confirmation followed a vote that included support from all 50 Democratic senators and three Republicans who joined to make her nomination a reality after weeks of meetings and hearings.
Republican Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and Mitt Romney of Utah were the GOP members who voted in support of Jackson.
Historic moment for our courts and for our country. Congratulations, Judge Jackson. pic.twitter.com/eLSfs1QoHB
— President Biden (@POTUS) April 7, 2022
Vice President Kamala Harris, who presided over the Senate confirmation, also took to Twitter to note the “historic day” in America as Jackson’s confirmation comes to fill the seat of soon-retiring liberal Justice Stephen Breyer.
“The Senate has confirmed Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s nomination to the United States Supreme Court,” Harris tweeted.
“This is a historic day for America,” she added.
The Senate has confirmed Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s nomination to the United States Supreme Court.
This is a historic day for America. pic.twitter.com/xjydHgyPti
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) April 7, 2022
Jackson’s addition will keep the nation’s highest court at its current 6-3 conservative majority, joining liberals Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.
Alongside conservative Justice Amy Coney Barrett, the court will have four female justices with Jackson confirmation, marking the highest number of females justices at one time in the court’s history.
Despite the milestone, many conservative leaders remained concerned over Jackson’s radical progressive policies. Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz released a statement following her confirmation to note Jackson’s record is “abundantly clear” that she will be an “activist” on the Supreme Court.
“Republicans were clear from the outset that we would assess Judge Jackson’s nomination based on her record and judicial philosophy. In examining these qualities throughout the course of these hearings, it became abundantly clear that her record is radical and that she would be an activist on the Supreme Court. Judge Jackson handed out dramatically lower sentences in some of the most heinous criminal cases, well outside of the mainstream – including multiple truly horrific cases involving child pornography,” Cruz said in the statement.
“It also became apparent that Judge Jackson will be an activist jurist on the Supreme Court, and a consistent vote to undermine our fundamental rights, such as free speech, religious liberty, and the Second Amendment. Based on Judge Jackson’s abysmal record on criminal sentencing, the repeated incidents in which she has substituted her political preferences in place of the law, and her inability to explain her judicial philosophy, I voted against confirming her to the Supreme Court,” he added.
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