Confirmation Process Approaches for Biden's SCOTUS Nominee

By John Dressel on March 17, 2022

Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson will soon begin the process to confirm her to the highest court in the nation. The Senate Judiciary Committee announced a timeline for Jackson’s hearings on March 2, 2022.

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On March 21, she will appear before the committee and be formally introduced as a nominee to the Supreme Court. Following her introduction, there will be two days of questioning on March 22 and 23, and witnesses will testify on March 24. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the committee, said that there is “no reason to wait on this.” Senate Majority Leader, Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and other Democratic leaders have set April 8 as the deadline for the judge’s confirmation.

President Biden made Jackson’s nomination official back in February. This fulfilled his campaign pledge to nominate the first black woman to the Supreme Court. During the official announcement, Biden noted that America has waited too long for this moment and touted her as a “nominee of extraordinary qualifications.”

The President had another opportunity to praise Jackson during his State of the Union address on the first of March. “I’ve nominated a Circuit Court of Appeals Judge — Ketanji Brown Jackson,” Biden continued “One of our nation’s top legal minds.” He also remarked that Jackson is a “consensus builder.”

Judge Jackson has an illustrious resume. She received her undergraduate degree at Harvard University and attended Harvard’s law school as well. Jackson served as a law clerk under Justice Stephen Breyer, whose retirement opens the window for her nomination to the court. In 2009, she was nominated to be Vice-Chair of the U.S. Sentencing Commission. From there, Jackson worked as a judge on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in 2012, and a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in 2021. Her appointment to these roles all had a notable degree of bipartisan support.

Judge Jackson has been meeting with Senators on both sides of the aisle recently. Despite her left-leaning judicial history, she currently does not face long odds to be confirmed.

Republicans in the Senate, as a whole, are unlikely to express heavy opposition to Jackson. Several GOP senators have indicated that they have no interest in a contentious nomination like the ones we have seen since Merrick Garland’s nomination was blocked in 2016.

Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell (R-KY), said after meeting her that there is “no question” that she is qualified to serve on the court and that “[the] Senate Republican minority intends to treat the nominee respectfully.”

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