WASHINGTON — Ketanji Brown Jackson will be sworn in on Thursday at noon, becoming the first black woman to serve on the Supreme Court.
Judge Jackson, 51, was confirmed in April when the Senate voted 53 to 47 on her nomination. She replaces Judge Stephen Breyer, 83, who is stepping down at the end of the court’s current term.
Justice Jackson will take a constitutional oath, taken by Chief Justice John Roberts, and a judicial oath, taken by Justice Breyer.
Judge Jackson’s appearance in court won’t change the ideological balance — the newly expanded Conservative majority will maintain its 6-to-3 majority.
It comes at a time of deep polarization across the court, especially in the wake of the Roe v. Wade ruling rejecting the constitutional right to abortion, and at a time when recent court rulings have allowed see that she is very skeptical. of the power of administrative authorities to deal with major problems facing the country.
Still, the Biden administration and Judge Jackson have underlined the historic significance of her elevation to the nation’s highest court.
“It has taken 232 years and 115 previous appointments for a black woman to be selected to serve on the United States Supreme Court,” Judge Jackson said at a celebration at the White House in April after her confirmation. “But we succeeded. We made it. All of us.”
Justice Jackson was born in Washington, DC, and grew up in Miami. She graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Law School, Justice Breyer’s alma mater, and worked for him during the 1999-2000 Supreme Court term.
President Biden pledged during his 2020 campaign that if elected, he would appoint a black woman to the Supreme Court.