President Joe Biden nominated on Friday, February 25, 2022, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to be the first Black Female on the United States Supreme Court. Jackson served as a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. She was confirmed by the United States Senate on April 7, 2022 by a Vote of 53 - 47. Jackson was sworn in as the first African American woman on the court, the third African American in the history of the court and the 116th Supreme Court Justice on June 30, 2022. Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., administered the Constitutional Oath and Associate Justice Stephen G. Breyer (Retired) administered the Judicial Oath to the Honorable Ketanji Brown Jackson. She succeeded Justice Breyer, who announced in January of 2022 that he was retiring. Jackson served as a law clerk for Justice Breyer from 1999-2000.
President Biden Delivers Remarks on Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson's Confirmation
On September 14, 1970, Ketanji Onyika Brown was born in Washington, DC to Johnny and Ellery Brown. Jackson grew up in Miami, Florida. After graduation from Miami Palmetto Senior High School in 1988, Jackson entered Harvard University where she received her undergraduate degree in 1992 and would later graduate from Harvard Law School in 1996. Jackson has extensive legal experience on both sides of the bench and is the first Justice since Thurgood Marshall to have served as a Public Defender.
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