The US Senate has approved the appointment of Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson as a Supreme Court judge. She is now the first black woman judge of the Supreme Court. Votes were 53 in favor of Jackson, 51, and 47 against in the poll. Jackson has been an appellate judge and has nine years of experience on federal benches.
Except for three Republican legislators, the rest of the senators voted on party lines. Republican lawmakers Lisa Markowski and Mitt Romney said Monday night that they would vote to send Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court.
The announcement was made ahead of a procedural vote by lawmakers in Alaska and Utah to move the nomination forward. Republican legislator Susan Collins also backed Jackson last month. However, three Republican lawmakers said they do not expect to agree with all of Jackson’s decisions, but they believe Jackson is capable.
Jackson will replace recently retired Judge Stephen Brewer. During a four-day Senate hearing last month, Jackson told the story of his parents’ struggle and said his “path” was “clearer” than his parents’ way when civil rights became law. Federal Court of Appeals judge Jackson, 51, will be the third black judge after Thurgood Marshall and Clarence Thomas.