The 51-year-old attorney who was President Joe Biden’s proposed nominee will succeed 83-year-old Stephen Breyer, who will retire this summer after nearly 28 years as a member of the Supreme Court.
During the 2020 election campaign, Biden pledged to nominate a black woman if a gap emerged. In February of this year, President Kitangi Brown nominated Jackson, saying she would “help write the next chapter in the history of America’s journey.”
Ahead of Thursday’s vote, 53 senators — all 50 Democrats and three Republicans Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski and Mitt Romney — said they were ready to approve the appointment of Brown Jackson. After the vote, it turned out that the distribution of votes was 53 to 47.
One of the senators who spoke after the vote was Democrat Dick Durbin Watchman He called the new HD judge “the most extraordinary individual I can think of in America”:
We want our legal system to look like America. Today we have taken a giant step forward by giving Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson the opportunity of a lifetime to serve on the Supreme Court, says Durbin.
Large portions of Republican senators criticized Jackson for not having proven, in their view, to be strict enough against crime.
Unlike party buddies, Romney’s judgment on Jackson is a “well-qualified attorney and honest person”. Collins used the phrase “experience, qualifications and integrity” about Jackson, while Murkowski complained about the harmful politicization of the Supreme Court nomination process on both sides, “which is getting worse and more unrealistic every year.”
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