On Thursday, the Senate voted to confirm Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court.
Background: In January, Justice Stephen Breyer answered Democrats’ pleas and announced he would retire from the bench at the end of the Court’s current term.
President Biden then nominated Jackson who was first appointed a District Court judge by President Barack Obama in 2013. Last year President Biden elevated her to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.
What Happened: On Thursday, the Senate voted to confirm Jackson to the Supreme Court.
All but three Republican senators opposed the confirmation.
- Sen Mitt Romney
- Sen Susan Collins
- Sen Lisa Murkowski
Concerns: Throughout Jackson’s confirmation hearings multiple Republicans addressed the nominee’s concerning judicial history, especially in regard to under-sentenced defendants convicted of child pornography offenses.
Republicans also questioned Jackson’s work as a public defender and private attorney on Guantanamo Bay terrorism cases.
What Democrats Say: “Seeing Judge Jackson ascend to the Supreme Court reflects the promise of progress on which our democracy rests,” Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., said ahead of the vote. “What a great day it is in America today.” (per Fox News)
What Republicans Say: “Based on her record, I believe she will prove to be the furthest left of any justice to have ever served on the Supreme Court,” Sen. Ted Cruz, said Thursday.