Today, President Biden announced Judge Kentaji Brown Jackson as his Supreme Court nominee to replace Justice Stephen Breyer. In response to this historic nomination, Michigan Democratic Party Chair Lavora Barnes released the following statement:
“President Biden campaigned on a promise to nominate the first Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States — this is history made and promises kept with the nomination of one of the brightest legal minds in the country, Judge Kentaji Brown Jackson. The Supreme Court is tasked with upholding the rights of all Americans and with this long overdue nomination, Black American women across the country have someone that represents them and will have a voice in those life-changing decisions.
“Judge Jackson deserves a respectful process that focuses on her exceptional qualifications and her impressive record on the bench, and I look forward to seeing her confirmed with bipartisan support.”
Judge Jackson has deep experience across the justice system, which will make her a well-rounded Justice. She comes from a family of police officers, worked as a public defender, served on the bipartisan US Sentencing Commission, and served as a judge on the District Court and D.C. Circuit Court of Appeal. As a former clerk for retiring Justice Breyer and someone who has already received bipartisan support three times before, this nomination is fitting.