US President Joe Biden is set to nominate federal appeals court judge Kentonji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court, the White House said on Friday, paving the way for a historic confirmation process for the first black woman to sit on the nation’s highest court. . In Jackson, Biden delivers on the campaign’s promise to diversify a court that, for nearly two centuries, has constituted entirely white people. Biden is expected to make a formal announcement and make a joint appearance with Jackson later in the day.
Since Justice Stephen Breuer, 83, who will retire at the end of term this summer, Biden has gone through a rigorous search process to identify his replacement. `Biden sought a candidate with exceptional credentials, impeccable character and an unwavering devotion to the rule of law. The White House press release said they also sought a nominee like ‘Justice Breyer’ who is intelligent, pragmatic and has a deep understanding of the Constitution as the Charter of Freedom.
“And the president seeks a man who is committed to equal justice under the law and who understands the profound impact that Supreme Court decisions have on the lives of the American people,” it said. Coincidentally, Jackson, 51, had once worked as Breuer’s law clerk early in his career. He attended Harvard as a graduate and law school, and served on the U.S. Sentencing Commission, the agency that develops federal sentencing policy, before becoming a federal judge in 2013.
Jackson comes with a wealth of experience in diverse capacities as a federal appellate judge, a federal district court judge, a member of the U.S. Sentencing Commission, an attorney in private practice, and a federal public defender. The White House said the Senate has ratified him three times with votes from Republicans as well as Democrats. Currently serving on the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, Jackson has also served as the United States District Judge for the District of Columbia from 2013 to 2021.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin praised Jackson’s selection and said his committee would begin a “formal investigation” of his nomination, with a hearing expected in the coming weeks and a confirmation vote as soon as possible.
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