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Senate confirms Jackson to U.S. Supreme Court, 53-47

The US Senate confirmed Ketanji Brown Jackson to the US Supreme Court on a 53-47 vote.

The Senate voted Thursday afternoon to make Jackson, 51, the first black woman to serve on the court and only the third black judge in the court’s history.

Democrats have an evenly divided 100-member Senate tiebreaker majority, and three Republicans — Senators Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski and Mitt Romney — had all said they would vote to endorse Jackson’s nomination.

Jackson will join three currently serving women — Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan and Amy Coney Barrett — marking the first time the court has had four women at the same time.

President Joe Biden has nominated Jackson to replace outgoing Justice Stephen Breyer. She will take her seat this summer, when Breyer retires.

Some information for this report comes from The Associated Press

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