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Ketanji Brown Jackson to be first Black woman to serve on Supreme Court

Ketanji Brown Jackson to be first Black woman to serve on Supreme Court

Ketanji Brown Jackson to be first Black woman to serve on Supreme Court
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On Thursday, the Senate confirmed President Joe Biden’s Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson, paving the door for her to become the first Black woman to serve on the nation’s highest court.

The vote was 53-47, with Republican Senators Susan Collins of Maine, Mitt Romney of Utah, and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska joining Democrats in support.

The confirmation offers a big triumph for Democrats, which they can trumpet as nonpartisan, as well as a means for the President to fulfil a campaign pledge at a time when the US faces a number of domestic and international issues, including surging inflation and the Ukraine conflict. When the vote was called, Democrats erupted in applause and shouts.

The vote is also significant for the Supreme Court and the federal courts, while Jackson’s confirmation will not shift the court’s ideological balance.

Vice President Kamala Harris, the first Black woman to serve as Vice President, presided over the chamber as Senate President during the historic vote.

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After Justice Stephen Breyer retires this summer, Jackson will be sworn in.

Until then, she will continue to serve on the United States Court of Appeals, according to a White House official. “Judge Jackson will continue to recuse herself from all DC Circuit matters, as she has done since the President nominated her,” the person added.

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