On Thursday, Ketanji Brown Jackson was officially sworn in as the first Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court, replacing the retiring Justice Stephen Breyer.
Jackson, a 51-year-old jurist, raised in Miami, was confirmed by the Senate in April.
Before retiring, Breyer, an appointee of President Bill Clinton, spent 27 years as a consistently liberal voice on the court.
Chief Justice John Roberts expressed joy at Jackson’s entry to the Supreme Court.
“I am pleased to welcome Justice Jackson to the court and our common calling,” Roberts said.
Political experts believe the arrival of Jackson will alter the court’s ideological balance, which has had a 6-to-3 conservative majority since Justice Amy Coney Barrett replaced the late liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
The appointment of Jackson is also considered a potent victory for President Biden, who promised to put a Black woman on the Supreme Court when he ran for the White House.
New York Governor Kathy Hochul also expressed joy at the entry of Jackson to the Supreme Court.
“Congratulations to Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson!” Gov. Hochul tweeted.
“I know you will serve with an unshakeable commitment to equal justice and the rights of all Americans. At a challenging time in our country’s history, today, we’ve made a step towards progress,” Hochul added.