Jackson, 51, could serve in lifetime post for decadesBiden urges the Senate work to confirm Jackson quickly
WASHINGTON, Feb 25 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden on Friday nominated federal appellate judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to become the first Black woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, saying it was time for America’s top judicial body to reflect “the full talents and greatness of our nation.”
Biden picked Jackson, 51, for a lifetime job on the high court to succeed retiring liberal Justice Stephen Breyer, setting up a confirmation battle in the closely divided Senate. Jackson’s nomination fulfills a campaign promise Biden made two years ago to the day to deliver the historic appointment.
Biden appeared at the White House with Jackson and Vice President Kamala Harris, the first Black person to hold that office after he chose her as his 2020 running mate.
“For too long, our government, our courts haven’t looked like America.
She thanked God “for delivering me to this point in my professional journey. My life has been blessed beyond measure. And I do know that one can only come this far by faith.”
Jackson would become the sixth woman to serve on the Supreme Court, which currently has three female justices. read more
Any political benefit for Biden with the historic nomination could be diluted by the Ukraine crisis.
Democrat Dick Durbin, the committee’s chairman, said it would “begin immediately” to move forward.
Other contenders for the nomination included South Carolina-based federal judge J. Michelle Childs and California Supreme Court Justice Leondra Kruger.
Democrats lack a working majority after Democratic Senator Ben Ray Lujan had a stroke.
Jackson’s nomination gives Biden a chance to shore up support among women, minorities and liberals ahead of the midterm elections.
The Supreme Court will rule in the coming months in cases that could curb abortion rights and expand gun rights.
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Reporting by Jarrett Renshaw, Trevor Hunnicutt, Jeff Mason and Lawrence Hurley; Additional reporting by Nandita Bose and Andrea Shalal; Writing by Lawrence Hurley; Editing by Will Dunham and William Mallard
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