Ketanji Brown Jackson becomes first Black woman confirmed to Supreme Court

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 21: U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is sworn in during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on March 21 in Washington, DC. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, President Joe Biden's pick to replace retiring Justice Stephen Breyer on the U.S. Supreme Court, will begin four days of nomination hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee. If confirmed by the Senate, Judge Jackson would become the first Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is sworn in during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on March 21 in Washington, DC.
Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is sworn in during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on March 21 in Washington, DC. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson was confirmed Thursday to become the 116th Supreme Court Justice — here are key things to know about how today’s vote unfolded:

  • Jackson was confirmed by a vote of 53 yeas and 47 nays. Three GOP senators crossed party lines and voted for her: Sens. Mitt Romney of Utah, Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.
  • Jackson will be the first ever Black woman to sit on the bench. Biden had said during his 2020 presidential campaign that he was committed to nominating a Black woman to the Supreme Court if elected.
  • Ahead of the final vote, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer called the moment a “joyous, momentous, groundbreaking day.” Schumer went on to say, “In the 233-year history of the Supreme Court, never, never has a Black woman held the title of Justice. Ketanji Brown Jackson will be the first, and I believe the first of more to come.” Source CNN (More)