To underline the symbolic nature of this nomination, Kamala Harris, the first black woman to become vice president of the United States, chaired the voting session.
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Joe Biden greeted a “historic day”† The U.S. Senate on Thursday confirmed Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson before the Supreme Court, of which she will be the first black magistrate. All elected representatives of the Democratic Party and three moderate Republican senators voted to bring this brilliant 51-year-old attorney to the US temple of the law.
This magistrate had been elected in late February by the Democratic president, who during his campaign had pledged to appoint a black woman for the first time to the country’s highest judicial institution, aged 233.
As if to underline the symbolic nature of this nomination, Kamala Harris, the first black woman to become vice president of the United States, chaired the voting session.
Of the 115 justices who have served on the Supreme Court to date, only five have been women — four white and one Hispanic — and two black men, one of whom, Clarence Thomas, was appointed by George Bush Sr. and is still sitting. On the Supreme Court, Ketanji Brown Jackson replaces progressive magistrate Stephen Breyer, 83, who will retire at the end of June.
President Biden has repeatedly “extraordinary qualifications” from this Harvard graduate, who has experience in private and public life; and served as a lawyer and federal judge. This is the Democratic leader’s first appointment to the Supreme Court, whose mission is to ensure the constitutionality of laws and settle important civic debates in the United States, such as abortion or same-sex marriage.
However, this vote will not change the balance of power within the prestigious college of nine magistrates. Donald Trump has indeed had a chance to appoint three Supreme Court justices, entrenching the case in conservatism, possibly for several decades.