WASHINGTON (AP) – President Joe Biden on Friday will nominate Federal Court of Appeals Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court, according to a man familiar with the matter, making her the first black woman elected to serve in a court that once declared her race. unworthy of citizenship and approved of segregation.
In Jackson, Biden is fulfilling his campaign promise to make a historic appointment and further diversify the court, which for nearly two centuries has consisted entirely of white people. He has chosen a lawyer who will be the first former public defender in the Supreme Court, although she also has the elite legal experience of other judges.
Jackson would become the second black judge of the current court – Judge Clarence Thomas, Conservative, second – and only third in history.
The news was confirmed by a man familiar with the issue, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss it before the president’s official announcement later Friday.
She will also be the only sixth woman to work on the court, and her confirmation will mean that for the first time four women will sit together in a court of nine people.
The current court includes three women, one of whom is the first Latin American in the court, Judge Sonia Satamayor.
Jackson will join the Liberal minority in a Conservative-dominated court that is considering reducing abortion rights and will consider ending the positive action in college admission and limiting voting rights efforts to increase minority representation.
Biden is taking the place to be released by 83-year-old Judge Stephen Breyer, who is resigning late this summer.
Jackson, 51, at the beginning of his legal career once worked as one of Breyer’s lawyers. She studied at Harvard as an undergraduate and law school, and also served on the U.S. Sentencing Commission, an agency that develops federal sentencing policy before becoming a federal judge in 2013.
Her nomination must be confirmed by the Senate, where Democrats have a majority by a small margin of 50 to 50, and Vice President Kamala Harris will be productive. Party leaders have promised a swift but deliberate consideration of the presidential candidacy.
The next court will replace one of the more liberal judges so that it does not shift the weight of the court, which is now moving 6-3 in favor of the Conservatives.