Ketanji Brown Jackson confirmed for the Supreme Court by a 53-47 Senate vote

by Susan Ryant

Ketanji Brown Jackson was confirmed by the Senate yesterday. Justice Brown Jackson will be the first Black woman on the United States Supreme Court! She will be only the sixth woman on the court as well. President Biden promised on the campaign trail that if he got a chance to nominate someone to the Supreme Court, he would nominate a Black woman. He promised and he delivered! And Justice Brown Jackson is arguably the most qualified SCOTUS candidate in decades. She’s a remarkable woman and now she’s going to be on the Supreme Court!!

The Senate on Thursday confirmed Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court, making her the first Black woman to be elevated to the pinnacle of the judicial branch in what her supporters hailed as a needed step toward bringing new diversity and life experience to the court.

Overcoming a concerted effort by conservative Republicans to derail her nomination, Judge Jackson was confirmed on a 53-to-47 vote, with three Republicans joining all 50 members of the Democratic caucus in backing her. The vote was a rejection of Republican attempts to paint her as a liberal extremist who has coddled criminals. Dismissing those portrayals as distorted and offensive, Judge Jackson’s backers saw the confirmation as an uplifting occasion, one where a representative of a group often pushed into the background instead moved to the forefront.

“Even in the darkest times, there are bright lights,” Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the majority leader, said on the Senate floor. “Today is one of the brightest lights. Let us hope it’s a metaphor, an indication of many bright lights to come.”

He added, “How many millions of kids in generations past could have benefited from such a role model?” At the Capitol, the galleries to witness the historic vote, closed for much of the pandemic, were full of supporters. The chamber erupted in cheers, with senators, staff and visitors all jumping up for a lengthy standing ovation, after the vote was announced.

[From The NY Times]

Justice Breyer is due to retire at the end of the current spring/summer session, which means Justice Brown Jackson will be on the court starting this Fall. Vice President Kamala Harris – the first Black woman VP – presided over the Senate vote in her role as President of the Senate. After VP Harris announced the confirmation, Democrats stood and clapped… while most Republican senators, including Mitch McConnell, slinked out of the chamber. For what it’s worth, Mitt Romney was one of the few Republicans to stay behind and clap for Brown Jackson (he voted for her as well).

Justice Brown Jackson watched the vote from the White House with President Biden. When she was confirmed, they hugged and took a selfie. Adorable.

Photos courtesy of Instar.

-Washington, District of Columbia – 20220407 United States President Joe Biden and hugs Associate Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson after she passed the 50 vote thresh hold by the US Senate for her confirmation to the Supreme Court at the White House in Washington, D.C. -PICTURED: President Joe Biden, Ketanji Brown Jackson -PHOTO by: Joshua Roberts/Pool/CNP/startraksphoto.com -040722_Biden-Jackson-Pool_008 This is an editorial, rights-managed image. Please contact Startraks Photo for licensing fee and rights information at sales@startraksphoto.com or call +1 212 414 9464 This image may not be published in any way that is, or might be deemed to be, defamatory, libelous, pornographic, or obscene. Please consult our sales department for any clarification needed prior to publication and use. Startraks Photo reserves the right to pursue unauthorized users of this material. If you are in violation of our intellectual property rights or copyright you may be liable for damages, loss of income, any profits you derive from the unauthorized use of this material and, where appropriate, the cost of collection and/or any statutory damages awarded -Washington, District of Columbia – 20220321 Confirmation Hearing for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson -PICTURED: Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson -PHOTO by: Ron Sachs/CNP/startraksphoto.com -032122_Jackson-Confirmation-CNP_017 This is an editorial, rights-managed image. Please contact Startraks Photo for licensing fee and rights information at sales@startraksphoto.com or call +1 212 414 9464 This image may not be published in any way that is, or might be deemed to be, defamatory, libelous, pornographic, or obscene. Please consult our sales department for any clarification needed prior to publication and use. Startraks Photo reserves the right to pursue unauthorized users of this material. If you are in violation of our intellectual property rights or copyright you may be liable for damages, loss of income, any profits you derive from the unauthorized use of this material and, where appropriate, the cost of collection and/or any statutory damages awarded -Washington, District of Columbia – 20220407 United States President Joe Biden and hugs Associate Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson after she passed the 50 vote thresh hold by the US Senate for her confirmation to the Supreme Court at the White House in Washington, D.C. -PICTURED: President Joe Biden, Ketanji Brown Jackson -PHOTO by: Joshua Roberts/Pool/CNP/startraksphoto.com -040722_Biden-Jackson-Pool_002 This is an editorial, rights-managed image. Please contact Startraks Photo for licensing fee and rights information at sales@startraksphoto.com or call +1 212 414 9464 This image may not be published in any way that is, or might be deemed to be, defamatory, libelous, pornographic, or obscene. Please consult our sales department for any clarification needed prior to publication and use. Startraks Photo reserves the right to pursue unauthorized users of this material. If you are in violation of our intellectual property rights or copyright you may be liable for damages, loss of income, any profits you derive from the unauthorized use of this material and, where appropriate, the cost of collection and/or any statutory damages awarded -Washington, District of Columbia – 20220407 United States President Joe Biden and hugs Associate Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson after she passed the 50 vote thresh hold by the US Senate for her confirmation to the Supreme Court at the White House in Washington, D.C. -PICTURED: President Joe Biden, Ketanji Brown Jackson -PHOTO by: Joshua Roberts/Pool/CNP/startraksphoto.com -040722_Biden-Jackson-Pool_005 This is an editorial, rights-managed image. Please contact Startraks Photo for licensing fee and rights information at sales@startraksphoto.com or call +1 212 414 9464 This image may not be published in any way that is, or might be deemed to be, defamatory, libelous, pornographic, or obscene. Please consult our sales department for any clarification needed prior to publication and use. Startraks Photo reserves the right to pursue unauthorized users of this material. If you are in violation of our intellectual property rights or copyright you may be liable for damages, loss of income, any profits you derive from the unauthorized use of this material and, where appropriate, the cost of collection and/or any statutory damages awarded