Ketanji Brown Jackson Confirmed to the Supreme Court

Ketanji Brown Jackson Confirmed to the Supreme Court

By a 53-47 margin, the United States Senate has confirmed for a lifetime appointment to the .

Jackson is the first black woman to serve on the Court. Her nomination cleared a final hurdle earlier Thursday when the Senate voted to limit debate and break the filibuster. That procedural vote ensured Jackson’s confirmation only required a simple majority.

In addition to every Democrat, Republican Sens. , and voted in favor of Jackson’s confirmation.

The Washington Post has more on Jackson’s road to confirmation:

Jackson, a daughter of schoolteachers who has risen steadily through America’s elite legal ranks, will become the first Black woman to sit on the court and only the eighth who is not a White man. She will replace Associate Justice Stephen G. Breyer after the Supreme Court’s term ends in late June or early July.

Thursday’s vote represents the culmination of a six-week whirlwind confirmation process for the 51-year-old federal appeals judge.

It began in February with President Biden introducing Jackson as a distinguished nominee who would “help write the next chapter in the history of the journey of America” and reached a climax during two days of tense Senate hearings last month where Republicans sought to paint her as a left-wing radical who had cosseted criminals and terrorists, only for three GOP senators to ultimately reject those claims and support her confirmation.

Underscoring the partisan tensions, Jackson’s expected confirmation came only after the Senate Judiciary Committee deadlocked on her nomination along party lines and Republicans forced three procedural votes on the Senate floor this week. But Democrats said Thursday that her confirmation should a cause for national reflection and jubilation.

So, what do you think? Should Republicans who voted for Jackson’s confirmation be primaried with a more conservative challenger? As always, tell us in the comments below!

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