Senate Confirmation Hearings Set for SCOTUS Nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson

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Dates for confirmation hearings have been set for United States Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson.

Judge Jackson made her way to Capitol Hill on Wednesday (March 2) to kickoff the confirmation process, meeting Senate leaders, including Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Judiciary Committee Chair Dick Durbin, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Senate confirmation hearings will begin on March 21, the Senate Judiciary Committee announced. According to CNN, there will be two days of questioning and additional witnesses will testify on March 24.

President Joe Biden announced his pick for Supreme Court nominee last week, revealing he’d selected the 51-year-old to replace Justice Stephen Breyer who is retiring after nearly 30 years on the bench.

Jackson was born in Washington D.C. and grew up in Miami, Florida. She earned an undergraduate and law degree from Harvard University and once clerked for Justice Breyer. So far, the mother-of-two has received major endorsement including from the Fraternal Order of the Police who praised Judge Jackson’s family history of law enforcement.

If confirmed, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson will be the first Black woman to sit on the nation’s high court.

In a statement released by the National Congress of Negro Women:

The National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) and its Affiliates congratulate Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, who is extraordinarily qualified to be the next Justice appointed to the United States Supreme Court. We stand ready to support Judge Jackson throughout the confirmation process, confident that she is more than worthy to ascend to the nation’s highest court. Judge Jackson possesses all of the traditional qualifications of Supreme Court Justices.  She is a Harvard graduate, clerked for Supreme Court Justice Breyer, and tried cases in federal district court.  What makes Judge Jackson unique is that she was a public defender in federal court and was appointed to the U.S. Sentencing Commission that is charged with making prison sentences more equal and fair.

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