On Thursday, the Senate confirmed Judge Ketanji Brown-Jackson as a Supreme Court Justice. The vote means Brown-Jackson will be the first black woman to serve on America’s highest court.
Brown-Jackson will be sworn in after Justice Stephen Breyer retires in the summer. Jackson-Brown will remain in her current position on the US Court of Appeals, a White House official informed CNN.
“Judge Jackson will continue to recuse from all cases on the DC circuit as she has since the President nominated her,” the official confirmed.
The senate voting tally was 53-47. Republican senators Susan Collins, Mitt Romney and Lisa Murkowski voted with Democrats to approve Brown-Jackson. The Democrats cheered loudly when the vote was announced. Vice President Kamala Harris presided over the vote.
Senate Majority leader Chuck Schumer said the moment was a “joyous, momentous, ground breaking day.” Schumer continued “In the 23-year history of the Supreme Court, never never has a black woman held the title of Justice. Ketanji Brown-Jackson will be the first and I believe the first of more to come.”
New Jersey Senator Cory Booker talked about her path to nomination and that it wasn’t a smooth one. “My parents grew up in a time in this country in which black children and white children were not allowed to go to school together.”
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