Everything You Should Know About Supreme Court Nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson

Black Americans may be on the verge of witnessing Black History yet again.

If Supreme Court Nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson is confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court, she will become the first Black woman to sit on the bench.

So just who is the distinguished Black woman, nominated to succeed retiring Justice Stephen Breyer on the Supreme Court? As we move through day two of Jackson’s four-day confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, here is everything you need to know about Supreme Court Justice Nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson.

  1. Jackson is a native of Washington, D.C.
  2. Jackson graduated from Harvard University in 1992 and from Harvard Law School in 1996.
  3. Jackson is currently a judge on the D.C. Circuit.
  4. According to POLITICO, Jackson was the judge who sentenced the “Pizzagate” conspiracy theorist who shot inside a D.C. restaurant to four years in prison.
  5. GOP House Speaker, Paul Ryan testified in support of her nomination to the district court.Coincidentally, Jackson’s husband has a twin brother who happens to be Ryan’s brother-in-law.
  6. According to POLITICO, Jackson clerked for three federal jurists and Justice Breyer himself.
  7. Jackson was confirmed to the D.C. District Court on a bipartisan basis in 2013 and confirmed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in 2021.
  8. According to POLITICO, Jackson is a member of the Cosmos Club, a private social club for distinguished professionals.
  9. Jackson’s name “Ketanji” is of African heritage, meaning “lovely one”.
  10. If confirmed to the Supreme Court, Jackson will also be the first judge to previously serve as a public defender.


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