Ketanji Brown Jackson
Today (June 30) at noon, Ketanji Brown Jackson became the first Black woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court.
Federal judge Ketanji Brown Jackson's historic confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court marks another nudge towards an actual representation of all American citizens in the highest court in the land, as she becomes the first Black woman to serve after the Senate voted 53-47 in her favor on Thursday afternoon.
Ketanji Brown Jackson has the vote of Republican Senator Susan Collins in her journey to be confirmed to the Supreme Court. The senator from Maine issued a statement declaring her intent to vote for the federal judge after meeting with her on Tuesday in Washington D.C. Jackson also met with Republican Senators Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Mitt Romney of Utah.
Democratic Senator Cory Booker delivered a powerful speech in support of Ketanji Brown Jackson during the third day of hearings to confirm her to the U.S. Supreme Court. His words moved the nominee to tears as he defended her career and spoke to the honor of having her become part of the highest court in America.
Ketanji Brown Jackson's confirmation to become the 116th Justice of the United States Supreme Court officially began today. The four days of hearings opened up in Washington D.C. with opening statements by the Senate Judiciary Committee, with Jackson in position to be the first Black woman named to the nation's highest court backed by a slim Democratic senate majority.