Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson Confirmed
The Vote – 53 YEA’S 47 NAY’S
Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson was confirmed as the First Black Female to serve on the United States Supreme Court Thursday, April 7, 2022. Presiding over the confirmation was the First Black Female Vice President of the United States, Kamala Harris. Judge Jackson’s addition to the Supreme Court institutes the first time in the history of the Supreme Court where White males will not constitute the majority of Justices.
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 serves as a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Following confirmation by the United States Senate, she becomes the first African American woman on the court and the third African American in the history of the court. She succeeds Justice Stephen Breyer, who announced in January that he was retiring. Jackson served as a law clerk for Justice Breyer from 1999-2000.
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 if accepted to the court would be the first Justice since Thurgood Marshall to have served as a Public Defender
She is married to Patrick Jackson and they have two children.
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