Judge Jackson will replace Stephen Breyer, who will be retiring after 30 years on 30 June. The new justice had been nominated by President Joe Biden and confirmed by the US Senate earlier this year.
The progressive justice will join the court’s two other liberals, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor, who were appointed by Barack Obama.
Sworn in at noon of 30 June, Chief Justice John Roberts administered the Constitutional Oath and Justice Breyer administered the Judicial Oath in a small ceremony. Judge Jackson’s family was also present for the occasion, according to a statement from the court.
In honour of Judge Jackson making history, many female politicians and supporters have celebrated her achievement and wished her good luck on the court on Twitter.
“I’m thrilled to see Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson sworn in today as the first Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court!,” Elizabeth Warren tweeted, along with a photos of herself and judge Jackson.
I’m thrilled to see Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson sworn in today as the first Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court! As a former public defender, she’ll bring an invaluable perspective to the bench. I also want to thank Justice Breyer for his extraordinary public service. pic.twitter.com/m9EgTPlhRq
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) June 30, 2022
New York Governor Kathy Hochul wrote: “I know you will serve with an unshakeable commitment to equal justice and the rights of all Americans. At challenging time in our country’s history, today, we’ve made a step towards progress.”
Congratulations to Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson!
I know you will serve with an unshakeable commitment to equal justice and the rights of all Americans.
At challenging time in our country’s history, today, we’ve made a step towards progress.
— Governor Kathy Hochul (@GovKathyHochul) June 30, 2022
“She has broken barriers, inspired millions, and has made #HERstory,” United States Representative Nydia Velazquez added.
— Rep. Nydia Velazquez (@NydiaVelazquez) June 30, 2022
Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman called the swearing in “a ray of light during a dark time for our country” and dubbed Justice Jackson as “an inspiration to Black women and girls everywhere.”
JUSTICE Ketanji Brown Jackson just made history.
This moment is a ray of light during a dark time for our country.
From the bottom of my heart — congratulations, Justice Jackson. You are an inspiration to Black women and girls everywhere. pic.twitter.com/65Ya5BebeB
— Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (@RepBonnie) June 30, 2022
Sen. Cory Booker said the US is “better today because of” Justice Jackson.
The United States of America is better today because of you: Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson. pic.twitter.com/IdXXK1eSbo
— Sen. Cory Booker (@SenBooker) June 30, 2022
Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, expressed how Justice Jackson will be “a much needed force for equal justice for all.”
As Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson takes her seat on the Supreme Court, our nation takes an historic step toward realizing our highest ideals.
Amid this Court's cruel assault on Americans' health, freedom and security, she will be a much needed force for equal justice for all.
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) June 30, 2022
Throughout her confirmation hearings, Judge Jackson endured questions about her alleged teaching of critical race theory and arguments over sex and gender, as they were related to the GOP’s social concerns about her. Several Republicas on the Judiciary Commited also attacked her for her alleged history of giving unduly lenient sentences to child sex abusers and supposed radicalism.
However, she was ultimately confirmed into the court with the support of all 50 Senate Democrats and three Republicans.