Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson has become the first African-American woman appointed to the Supreme Court on Thursday, when the Democratic-controlled Senate confirmed President Joe Biden’s nominee.
The final vote was 53-47, with Jackson receiving support from all 50 Democratic caucus members, as well as Republican Senators Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and Mitt Romney of Utah.
Vice President Kamala Harris, the first Black woman elected to her position, presided over the vote in a symbolic moment.
Jackson and Biden sat together in the White House to watch the vote.
Jackson will take office at the conclusion of the current term of the court — most likely in June or July — when Justice Stephen Breyer is expected to resign. Her appointment would have no effect on the Supreme Court’s current conservative majority of 6-3.