Live updates: Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson's confirmation hearings begin


WASHINGTON – Less than a month after President Joe Biden introduced her as his Supreme Court nominee, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson took her seat in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday for the first in what will be a whirlwind week of hearings.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin quickly noted the historic nature of Jackson’s nomination. She would be the first Black woman confirmed to the Supreme Court in its 233-year history.

“You, Judge Jackson, can be the first,” Durbin said, noting that being first isn’t always easy. “Today is a proud day for America.”

Hearings will last through Thursday, with introductions on Monday, and committee questioning taking up the following two days.

If confirmed, Jackson would be the 116th justice on the nation’s highest court. While Jackson’s confirmation wouldn’t change the ideological makeup of the court, her background as a former federal public defender and a member of the U.S. Sentencing Commission may have a big influence.


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