WASHINGTON (AA) – US President Joe Biden will nominate federal Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to be associate justice of the Supreme Court, the White House said on Friday, making her the first Black woman selected to serve on the nation’s highest court.
“Currently a judge on U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, Judge Jackson is one of the nation’s brightest legal minds. If confirmed, she will be the first Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court,” a White House statement said.
Biden picked Jackson after Justice Stephen Breyer announced his retirement in January. Jackson is a former law clerk for Breyer.
“Judge Jackson has been confirmed by the Senate with votes from Republicans as well as Democrats three times,” said the statement.
In late January, Biden said having a Black female Supreme Court justice is “long overdue,” and pledged to work with a wide assortment of individuals in making his selection, including Democratic and Republican senators, as well as scholars and lawyers and Vice President Kamala Harris.