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Ketanji Brown Jackson confirmed by Senate to be first Black woman to sit on Supreme Court

On Thursday, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson was confirmed for the Supreme Court, by a 53-47 vote in the Senate.

Three Republican senators joined all 50 Democrats in supporting her.

President Joe Biden holds hands with Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson as they watch the Senate vote on her confirmation from the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, April 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Biden tweeted afterward that “we’ve taken another step toward making our highest court reflect the diversity of America.” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer exulted that it was “a wonderful day, a joyous day, an inspiring day — for the Senate, for the Supreme Court and for the United States of America.”

Harris said as she left the Capitol that she was “overjoyed, deeply moved.”

Jackson will be sworn in after Justice Stephen Breyer retires sometime this summer.

Until then, she will remain in her current position on the US Court of Appeals, a White House official told CNN.

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