Wiki – Ketanji Brown Jackson Confirmed

Following calls for Justice Stephen Breyer to step down, Biden has successfully nominated his first Supreme Court justice: Ketanji Brown Jackson.

As political climates heighten, and as Biden approaches the year and a half mark of his presidency, he nominates, and has confirmed, his first Supreme Court justice.

With Justice Stephen Breyer’s recent intention to step down in the summer, he warned President Biden to nominate another Justice to replace him. Biden turned to Ketanji Brown Jackson.

Before being nominated by President Biden, Jackson served as a federal defender, followed by service on the U.S. Sentencing Commission. Continuing as a DC Circuit Judge, Jackson served in this position from 2013-2021, prior to her Supreme Court nomination.

After being confirmed on April 7th, with a Senatorial vote of 53-47, Jackson became the 116th confirmed justice to the Supreme Court. This also makes Jackson the first Black woman ever to be confirmed to the Supreme Court. Changing the majority of the Supreme Court, once Breyer steps down, this will be the first time in US history that the highest court in the US is not a majority white males. Despite the new gender and race ratio, the party difference still remains the same at a 6-3 conservative majority.

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