President Joe Biden has selected Ketanji Brown Jackson as his pick to the Supreme Court. Should she get confirmed, Brown-Jackson will be the first female African American to preside on the top court in the Nation, fulfilling a campaign promise the President made in 2020.
She would also be the second youngest person on the court, at 51 year old. Amy Coney Barret is 50. Brown-Jackson is expected to replace Stephen Breyer who is slated to retire at the end of his term this summer. Breyer has been on the Court since 1994.
Brown-Jackson will now go through the confirmation process, which historically can be a very prickly, partisan battle.
Brown-Jackson spent the past eight months on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for Washington D.C., and was confirmed 53-44 with three Republicans, Lindsey Graham 0f South Carolina, Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska backing her candidacy.
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.https://t.co/iePvhz1YaA pic.twitter.com/Nzqv2AtN8h— President Biden (@POTUS) February 25, 2022