U.S. President Joe Biden will nominate federal appellate judge Ketanji Brown Jackson as the first black woman to serve in the U.S. supreme court Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is an immensely qualified and pragmatic judge who’s going to help make our courts stronger and more reflective of our country.
Biden made the decision on whom to nominate by Thursday night, NBC News had reported.
I’m proud to announce that I am nominating Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to serve on the Supreme Court. Currently serving on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, she is one of our nation’s brightest legal minds and will be an exceptional Justice.
He had vowed to pick a Black woman to succeed liberal Justice Stephen Breyer, who plans to retire in the summer at the end of the court’s current term. Biden made that promise years earlier as a presidential candidate.
If successful, Biden’s nomination will at least temporarily avoid any further erosion of the high court’s already-diminished liberal flank, who are outnumbered 6-3 by conservatives.
Just five women — Sandra Day O’Connor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan and Amy Coney Barrett — have served on the Supreme Court. Only two Black men, Thurgood Marshall and Clarence Thomas, have ever been appointed to the bench. No Black women have previously sat on the high court.
Source: NBC news