Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson has been confirmed as a U.S. Supreme Court Justice and will become the first Black woman to sit on the court in its 233-year history and only the eighth who is not a White man. She will be sworn in this summer after Associate Justice Stephen G. Breyer after the Supreme Court’s term ends in late June or early July. Brown Jackson’s nomination marks the first Democratic nominee to the high court in 12 years.
Thursday’s (April 7) 53-47 vote represents the peak of a six-week confirmation process for the federal appeals judge.
“This milestone should have happened generations ago — generations ago — but we are always trotting on a path towards a more perfect union,” Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) said per The Washington Post. “America today is taking a giant step towards making our union more perfect.”
Prior to being confirmed, Brown Jackson was a district judge for the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. Jackson was also vice-chair of the United States Sentencing Commission from 2010 to 2014. On February 25, 2022, President Joe Biden nominated Jackson to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Brown Jackson is an alum of Harvard University and Harvard Law School.
Although an official ceremony might come earlier, Jackson would take the bench for official duty on the first day of the court’s new term, Oct. 3 the outlet reports.