I am proud to support the nomination of United States Circuit Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to serve on the United States Supreme Court. I believe, If confirmed, her breadth and depth of experience will make a meaningful and positive impact towards the Court’s goal of “Equal Justice Under Law.”
By every measure, Judge Jackson has the intellect, fitness and temperament to serve as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. Following graduation from Harvard University and Harvard Law School, Judge Jackson clerked for three federal jurists, including Justice Stephen Breyer, the person whose seat she will fill on the nation’s highest court.
After this experience, she served in private practice and then in two other critical legal capacities which make her uniquely qualified to serve on the Supreme Court—service as a federal public defender and tenure as a Commissioner on the United States Sentencing Commission.
These experiences, taken together, reflect a comprehensive body of work which will inure to the benefit of the Supreme Court. And, if confirmed, Judge Jackson will be the first African American woman to serve on the Supreme Court—an important milestone in the centuries-long history of our country. I commend President Joe Biden for selecting this exceptionally well-qualified jurist and for selecting someone who reflects the diversity and promise of our great nation.
And, her confirmation should be swift, as on three prior occasions she has enjoyed bipartisan Senate confirmation—to a seat on the United States Sentencing Commission, and to her seat as a Judge on the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, and her current position, as a Judge on the United States Circuit Court for the District of Columbia Circuit. It is clear that Judge Jackson possesses in abundance the background, training and experience to serve the nation’s high court for decades to come and I urge swift confirmation of this exceptionally well-trained nominee.