Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson has officially been sworn in to the Supreme Court; Jackson is the first black woman on the nation’s highest court.
“Jackson was sworn in a few minutes after noon, which was when the retirement of her predecessor, Justice Stephen Breyer, became effective,” Fox News reports. “Breyer himself helped lead the ceremony, which took place in the court’s West Conference Room. Breyer administered the judicial oath, and Chief Justice John Roberts administered the constitutional oath, both of which are required for all justices. Jackson’s husband Patrick Jackson and their two daughters were in attendance.”
“Now, on behalf of all the members of the court, I’m pleased to welcome Justice Jackson to the court and to our common calling,” Roberts said upon completion of the ceremony.
From Fox News…
The selection of Jackson fulfilled Biden’s promise to choose a Black woman. The president decided on Jackson in late February, and the Senate confirmed her in early April with a vote of 53-47.
Jackson, who previously served on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, is now one of four women on the Supreme Court – the most at one time in history. She joins Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan and Amy Coney Barrett.
Watch the ceremony below:
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