Jackson, a 51 year-old federal appeals court judge, will be the first black woman on the high court and the third black justice
Jackson replaces liberal Justice Stephen Breyer, 83, who came under intense pressure from progressives to step aside and let someone younger step in
Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee aggressively interrogated Jackson over her sentencing record, particularly regarding child porn cases
The Senate voted 53-47 on Thursday to confirm Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court, with three Republicans voting with all Democrats. Jackson, a 51 year-old federal appeals court judge, will be the first black woman on the high court and the third black justice. Her confirmation vote was not nearly as bipartisan as that of the justice she’d been chosen to replace, Stephen Breyer, and others. But still, President Biden can tout a bipartisan win thanks to yes votes from GOP Sens. Mitt Romney, Utah, Susan Collins, Maine, and Lisa Murkowski, Alaska. Vice President Kamala Harris presided over the Senate and banged the gavel to declare the final vote count and seal Jackson’s confirmation, as Democrats throughout the Senate chamber broke out in raucous applause.