Washington, D.C. — Garnering votes from both sides of the aisle, the Senate has confirmed Ketanji Brown Jackson as justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. In response, Patrick Gaspard, president and CEO of the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement:
Today, we celebrate the confirmation of a Supreme Court justice with stellar credentials, a wealth of experience, and a proven commitment to equal justice for all—qualities that enabled her to receive votes from both parties. As the first-ever Black woman on the court, and the first former federal public defender, Ketanji Brown Jackson’s confirmation marks a true milestone in American history. The court is now more reflective of our nation and the breadth of our legal system—traits that strengthen the court as it presides over the most pressing legal questions of the day.
Given her outstanding record of service as both a federal appeals court judge and federal district court judge, Judge Jackson’s confirmation moves us a step closer to a court that will stand up for civil and human rights; for equity in criminal sentencing reform; for workers’ rights, women’s rights, and for our very system of democracy. Her confirmation invigorates a legacy on the Supreme Court that will make a difference in the lives of millions of Americans for generations to come.