Historic vote confirms Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to Supreme Court
A 53-47 bipartisan vote confirmed Jackson as the first black woman to sit on the nation's highest court.
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – In a historic vote, the Senate confirmed Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court on Thursday, making her the first black woman in history to sit on the nation’s highest court.
Just before the 53-47 bipartisan vote, during the rare occasion when senators announce their votes standing at their desks, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer called it “an even greater moment for America as we rise to a more perfect union.”
Vice President, Kamala Harris, presided over the vote and announced the final decision. Spectators packing the Senate gallery erupted in applause and many of the senators rose in a standing ovation.
Jackson watched the Senate vote at the White House with Biden and her family, a pool report said.
While Democrats have the votes to confirm Biden’s nominee on their own, three Republicans — Sens. Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski and Mitt Romney — will break ranks from the GOP to join them, marking a solid, bipartisan win for the Biden White House in a hyper-partisan Washington. Former President Donald Trump’s last nominee, Justice Amy Coney Barrett, received no votes from Democrats.
Jackson is not expected to be fully sworn in for duty until summer, once retiring Justice Stephen Breyer steps down.
With Jackson’s ascension to the bench, for the first time, white men won’t be the majority on the Supreme Court.
Throughout her hearing, Jackson endured nearly 24 hours of questioning from senators. She was posed with multiple accusations from Republicans that she’s a liberal activist and “soft on crime.” Many of which took issue with nine child pornography sentences she handed down.