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Ketanji Brown Jackson Confirmed to the Supreme Court

by Ella Wilczek, 2025

On April 7th, Ketanji Brown Jackson was confirmed as the 116th US Supreme Court justice and first Black woman. The confirmation was presided over by Vice President Kamala Harris, the first Black woman to be elected to that position. She will replace Justice Stephen Breyer, who is retiring after twenty-eight years on the Court.

The Senate confirmed her by a vote of 53-47, with all 50 Democratic and three Republican senators (Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and Mitt Romney of Utah) voting yes. Jackson will be the sixth woman and third Black person to serve on the court, which has historically been dominated by white men. In addition, she will be the first former public defender in the role.

According to the White House, "the President sought an individual who is committed to equal justice under the law and who understands the profound impact that the Supreme Court’s decisions have on the lives of the American people." He felt that Justice Jackson's credentials and track record supported those ideals.

Though three Republicans voted to confirm, partisan politics were evident in the number who opposed her appointment.