By AFRO Staff
Judge Kentaji Brown Jackson is making history as the first Black woman to ever sit for hearings as a Supreme Court Justice nominee. The 51-year old has broken barriers as a Supreme Court clerk, a public defender and as a Judge in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Brown was also confirmed by a bipartisan vote in 2010 to serve as Vice Chair of the U.S. Sentencing Commission. As the world watches to see if America will realize its first Black, female Supreme Court Justice, the AFRO has put together a brief timeline of events leading up to the final Senate vote:
- January 27: After a swirl of rumor one day prior, Justice Stephen Breyer officially announces his retirement from the Supreme Court of the United States. Breyer joined the Supreme Court in 1994 after a nomination from former President Bill Clinton.
- January 27: President Joe Biden announces that he would like to choose a Black woman to replace Justice Stephen Breyer.
- February 25: Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson chosen as a nominee for the Supreme Court of the United States.
- March 21: The confirmation hearings begin with opening remarks from Senators and Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, who tells the American public she will “decide cases from neutral posture” in the proceedings, streamed live on C-SPAN.
- March 22: On day two of the confirmation hearings, Jackson is questioned by the Senate until 10:12 p.m., for a total of more than 13 hours. She takes on Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) questions about “critical race theory.”
- March 23: Day three of the confirmation hearings required Judge Jackson to face off against lawmakers like Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), forcing her to defend her record from attacks of being too lenient on criminals.
- March 24: Confirmation hearings for Jackson are scheduled to conclude on Thursday.
According to the Congressional Research Service (CRS), “overall, the average number of days from nomination to final Senate vote is 68.2 days (or approximately 2.2 months), while the median is 69.0 days.”
The CRS report, titled “Supreme Court Appointment Process: Senate Debate and Confirmation Vote,” states that “of the nine Justices currently serving on the Court, the average number of days from nomination to final Senate vote is 72.1 days (or approximately 2.4 months), while the median is 73.0 days.”
The agency made sure to note that “Among the current Justices, Amy Coney Barrett waited the fewest number of days from nomination to confirmation (27), while Clarence Thomas waited the greatest number of days (99).”
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