Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is officially confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court … making history as the first Black woman ever to hold the position.
Ketanji’s confirmation means she will officially replace retiring Justice Stephen Breyer on the highest court. Senate Republicans Mitt Romney, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski all joined Democrats in voting to confirm.
Voting was at 53-47 in favor — Senator Rand Paulwas the last to cast his vote.
Things got emotional for Judge Brown Jackson during the hearing when SenatorCory Booker let her know, as a Black person, how proud he was of her accomplishments and how many obstacles she had to face to get to the position.
As we told you, Justice Brown Jackson is the first African-American woman to be on the court, and the second African-American to join the current Justices. Justice Clarence Thomas is African-American, and currently going through his own drama outside the bench.
We got footage of Reverend Al Sharpton and Hillary Clinton celebrating the confirmation at an event in New York today.