Jackson confirmed as high court justice

The Senate confirmed Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court as the first Black female justice.

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April 7, 2022 - 2:36 PM

Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson Photo by (Tom Williams/Pool/Getty Images/TNS)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate confirmed Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court on Thursday, shattering a historic barrier by securing her place as the first Black female justice and giving President Joe Biden a bipartisan endorsement for his effort to diversify the court.

Jackson, a 51 year-old appeals court judge with nine years experience on the federal bench, was confirmed 53-47, mostly along party lines but with three Republican votes. Presiding was Vice President Kamala Harris, also the first Black woman to reach that high office.

“This is a wonderful day, a joyous day, an inspiring day — for the Senate, for the Supreme Court and for the United States of America,” exulted Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. When Harris called the final tally, the chamber erupted in cheers that echoed beyond its doors. The Senate’s upper galleries were almost full for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic two years ago.

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