Joe Biden nominates first Black woman to serve in U.S. Supreme Court


Ketanji Brown Jackson, who has been nominated to the Supreme Court by Pres. Joe Biden. Photo courtesty of Openverse/H2RTY.

On Friday, U.S. Pres. Joe Biden officially nominated Ketanji Brown Jackson, 51, as the Supreme Court Justice to replace soon-to-be retired Justice Stephen Breyer. If confirmed, Jackson will be the first Black woman to fill that role, making this a historic move for the country.

According to CNN, Jackson previously clerked for Breyer, was a federal public defender in Washington and was a commissioner on the U.S. Sentencing Commission. She was also appointed by former Pres. Barack Obama to serve on the federal district court in Washington, D.C.

This supreme court nomination will not shift the Court’s ideological balance, as both Breyer and Jackson are left-leaning.

According to the New York Times, Breyer swore Jackson into the federal district court in 2013, and he said that she “sees things from different points of view, and she sees somebody else’s point of view and understands it.”

This nomination has a likelihood of passing fairly quickly, given Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s stance on the nomination process. In January, Schumer said that he was hoping to see a quick nomination timeline, and to confirm the nominee in a timeframe similar to Amy Coney Barrett in 2020.

Jackson’s chance of being confirmed by the Senate is also fairly high, given that she was confirmed twice by the Senate to the U.S. Court of Appeals.

Many Senators have praised Jackson in the past, with Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) saying earlier this year that “She is extremely well-qualified in terms of character and intellect,” and that she is “extraordinary in conducting herself.”

Jackson graduated from Harvard Law School in 1992 and got her law degree in 1996. She has extensive experience as a public defender, and in 2021, said that “Public service is a core value,” to her and her family. This background as a public defender is also a first in the Court’s history.

The nomination is expected to be announced publicly by Biden on Friday afternoon.