The confirmation hearings for President Biden’s Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson will begin on March 21. If confirmed by the Senate, Judge Jackson will be the first Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court in its 232 year history.
“Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is one of our nation’s brightest legal minds, and her range of experience makes her exceptionally qualified for a seat on the Supreme Court,” said Governor Steve Bullock. “Judge Jackson is a top jurist with strong experience on the federal bench. Additionally, it will be a tribute to outgoing Justice Breyer’s legacy to have one of his former clerks serve on the Supreme Court. As the Senate soon begins with Judge Jackson’s hearings, it is my hope that they are fair, thorough, and her commitment to equal justice under the law is recognized.”
“President Biden picked the strongest possible nominee,” said Governor Deval Patrick. “She has broad experience across the legal profession – as a federal appellate judge, a federal district court judge, a member of the U.S. Sentencing Commission, an attorney in private practice, and as a federal public defender. Her nomination is bound to open more doors for all Americans and we look forward to her swift confirmation.”
“Judge Jackson will make history not only as the first Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court but also as the first public defender. Her unique background will be an incredible asset to the Court,” said Secretary Tom Perez. “As a District Court Judge, Judge Jackson wrote almost 600 opinions and would be only the second current justice on the bench with substantial trial court experience. That broad experience is why the Fraternal Order of Police President praised Judge Jackson’s nomination and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement endorsed her nomination. Judge Jackson has also received bipartisan support on three different occasions when being confirmed for previous roles. We’re expecting a smooth confirmation process.”
“Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson has proven time and time again that she is a strong voice for all Americans – her nomination is indeed historic and she has built an exceptional career as a jurist to get her to where she is today,” said Cecile Richards. “It is long overdue for a Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court and I commend President Biden on this incredible choice. While Republicans have decided to weaponize the courts against women, abortion rights, and working families – Democrats will continue to put forward strong nominees like Judge Jackson who have responsible and fair judicial track records.”