Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson's appointment to the Supreme Court makes history

Euri Giles | Clareifi

The full US Senate voted 53-47 in favor of confirming Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson's appointment to the Supreme Court on Thursday.

Jackson, who makes history as the first Black woman and the first public defender to serve on the highest US court, will replace Justice Stephen Breyer when he officially retires this summer at the end of the term, per The Associated Press.

Her appointment comes just two years after she was confirmed as a federal judge on the US District Court for the District of Columbia, making her one of the most rapid ascensions to the Supreme Court in recent history.

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During her confirmation hearings, Jackson spoke about the importance of judicial independence and pledged to "fairer outcomes" for all Americans, regardless of race or gender. She also vowed to uphold the rule of law and said she would approach every case with an "open mind."

"I believe that it is critically important for everyone to understand that Black lives matter," she said during her confirmation hearing. "All lives cannot matter until Black lives matter."

Judge Jackson's confirmation was not without controversy, including expected opposition from GOP Senators such as, Ted Cruz of Texas who explained publicly his reasons for voting not to confirm Jackson on Twitter stating, in part,

"Republicans were clear from the outset that we would assess Judge Jackson’s nomination based on her record and judicial philosophy."

Senator Cruz went on to say, "It also became apparent that Judge Jackson will be an activist jurist on the Supreme Court, and a consistent vote to undermine our fundamental rights, such as free speech, religious liberty, and the Second Amendment."

Cruz among other GOP members believe that Jackson's addition to the court will shift the ideological balance, as she is widely considered to be a progressive jurist.

As a Supreme Court justice, Jackson will have considerable influence over the direction of American law. This is particularly true given the court's current ideological makeup. With four conservative justices and four liberal justices, Jackson will tip the balance of power on the court when she joins the bench.

This will have far-reaching implications for a number of issues, including reproductive rights, voting rights, and gun control. It is therefore no surprise that Ted Cruz opposes her appointment. He believes that she would be a threat to the conservative agenda.

Jackson’s confirmation is a lifetime appointment. This means that her influence would be felt long after Ted Cruz leaves office. For this reason, he opposed her appointment now in an effort to prevent her from having any impact on the Supreme Court's direction in the future.

She will join Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan as the court's only female members of color.

President Biden celebrated his appointee's confirmation by stating, "Historic moment for our courts and for our country. Congratulations, Judge Jackson.

With her appointment, Jackson also becomes the youngest current member of the Supreme Court at just 51 years old. She is expected to serve for many years to come, solidifying a liberal majority on the court for the foreseeable future.

This is significant because, as the highest court in the land, the Supreme Court has the final say on interpreting the Constitution and laws of the United States. This means that, with a liberal majority, rulings on things like abortion rights, LGBTQ+ rights, and voting rights are more likely to be upheld. So, even though we may not see any major changes in these areas in the next few years, Jackson's appointment ensures that progress can continue to be made for decades to come.

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