By Tiffany Williams –
President Joe Biden on Friday announced his nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court would be U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson.
When President Biden introduced Judge Jackson he said “It’s my honor to introduce to the country a daughter of former public school teachers, a proven consensus builder, an accomplished lawyer, a distinguished jurist — one of the nation’s most — on one of the nation’s most prestigious courts.”
If confirmed, Judge Jackson will become the first Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court.
The Whte House is calling Judge Jackson “An exceptionally qualified nominee as well as an historic nominee,” and said “The Senate should move forward with a fair and timely hearing and confirmation.”
If confirmed, Judge Jackson would also became the first former federal public defender to serve on the Supreme Court.
Judge Jackson in the past has been already confirmed three times by the Senate, with votes from Republicans as well as Democrats. Twice as judge and once to serve on the U.S. Sentencing Commission.
Judge Jackson was born in Washington, D.C. and grew up in Miami, Florida. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard, then attended Harvard Law School, where she graduated cum laude. After law school, She served in Justice Breyer’s chambers as a law clerk. She also served as a federal public defender and prior to serving as a judge, She worked on the U.S. Sentencing Commission.
Judge Jackson lives with her husband, Patrick, who serves as Chief of the Division of General Surgery at Georgetown University Hospital, and two daughters, in Washington, D.C.
Judge Jackson on Friday said, “My life has been blessed beyond measure, and I do know that one can only come this far by faith.”