The possibility of a first black woman justice is now closer to becoming a reality.
This scenario developed after US president Joe Biden has selected Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to be the first Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court.
Sources said Biden called Jackson Thursday night to inform the federal appeals court judge that he plans to nominate her to fill the vacancy created by Justice Stephen Breyer’s impending retirement.
Biden decided to nominate Jackson to the Supreme Court since he promised during the campaign to make the historic appointment and to further diversify a court that was made up entirely of white men for almost two centuries.
According to reports, Jackson would also be only the sixth woman to serve on the court, and her confirmation would mean that for the first time four women would sit together on the nine-member court.
At the moment, the current court has three women justices, one of whom is the court’s first Latina, Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
Before her Supreme Court nomination, Jackson, 51 once worked as one of Breyer’s law clerks early in her legal career.
Jackson also attended Harvard as an undergraduate and for law school and served on the U.S. Sentencing Commission, the agency that develops federal sentencing policy, before becoming a federal judge in 2013.
The possibility of Jackson getting the justice position will depend on the Senate, where Democrats hold the majority by a razor-thin 50-50 margin with Vice President Kamala Harris as the tie-breaker.
It was learned that party leaders have promised swift but deliberate consideration of the president’s nominee.