Senate Confirms Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court

Amy-Grace Shapiro, Feature Editor

On Thursday, Apr. 7, the United States Senate confirmed Miami Palmetto Senior High Alumni Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court in a historical vote, making her the first Black woman to serve in the nation’s highest judicial court.

The 53-47 vote consisted of all 50 members of the Democratic council, along with three Republican senators, including Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah and Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. Although Judge Jackson’s confirmation will not affect the current balance of the court, her confirmation is a historic breakthrough for the Supreme Court, federal judiciary and country.

Vice President Kamala Harris, the first Black woman to serve as Vice President, led the chamber during the momentous vote in her position as president of the Senate.

Judge Jackson’s Supreme Court placement process began when Justice Stephen Breyer announced his retirement, causing President Joe Biden to seek a replacement, identifying Judge Jackson for her credentials and dedication to rule of law. Until Justice Breyer’s official retirement in the summer, Jackson will continue to sit on DC’s federal appellate court.