First Black Woman, Ketanji Brown-Jackson, to Join US Supreme Court

In a historic first, the United States Senate Thursday made history in confirming Ketanji Brown-Jackson to become the first Black woman on the Supreme Court.

Three Republican Senators joined all Democrats in favour of Ketanji Brown-Jackson’s appointment in a 53 to 47 majority, with all remaining GOP senators voting no.

The vote draws to a close the process to confirm the 51-year-old who will replace Justice Stephen Breyer who is due to step down at the end of the court’s summer session.

Republicans Lisa Murkowski, Mitt Romney and Susan Collins joining the Democratic majority to confirm the 116th Justice of the country’s highest court.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer hailed today’s vote.”This is a great moment for Judge Jackson, but it is even great — a greater moment for America, as we rise to a more perfect union,” he said.

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Brown-Jackson becomes the first black woman justice in the court’s 233-year history and only the fifth woman.

Her successful confirmation is seen as a big win for President Joe Biden who had promised to name a black woman to the court when he ran for office in 2020.

He said Brown-Jackson would bring extraordinary qualifications, deep experience, intellect, and a rigorous judicial record to the Supreme Court.

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