The U.S. Senate has confirmed Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Supreme Court in a historic vote on Thursday. Jackson is the first Black female Supreme Court justice.
The final vote was 53 to 47, with all 50 Democrats voting yes. The Democrats were joined by Republican Senators Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, and Mitt Romney. Vice President Kamala Harris presided over the vote, NBC reports.
Jackson is due to take office in June or July – when Justice Stephen Breyer is expected to retire.
Jackson faced relatively easy questions during her confirmation hearings compared to Justice Amy Coney Barrett who received no Democratic votes.
Barrett was appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court by then-President Donald Trump.
Democrats expressed their joy on Twitter.
Congradulations to Judge Honorable Ketanji Brown Jackson keep up the good work.( ? )
— Andrew Plummer (@AndrewP82770093) April 7, 2022
So excited and happy to see our country making progress. I’m so glad to see her confirmed. Congratulations Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson!!! #KetanjiBrownJackson
— ClementinesCreamery (@ClementinesSTL) April 7, 2022
A spirit-lifting historical moment – confirming Ketanji Brown Jackson!
— TH ? ? ???? (@HinrichsTee) April 7, 2022
It’s wild we’re still saying “first black” anything in 2022 but congratulations to Ketanji Brown Jackson!!
— Nads (@nmurisa9) April 7, 2022
BREAKING: Your JUSTICE is a Black woman! Ketanji Brown Jackson is confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court!
— Rhonda Briggins (@rbriggins) April 7, 2022
Woohoo, Congratulations to Ketanji Brown Jackson. About damn time.
— Kirk Elliott (@knuckledrill) April 7, 2022