The US Senate is expected to vote on Thursday to approve the nomination of Ketanji Brown Jackson for a seat on the Supreme Court.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Wednesday evening that the Senate is scheduled to hold the final vote on Thursday afternoon.
Democrats hold an evenly divided 100-member Senate tiebreaker majority, and three Republicans — Senators Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski and Mitt Romney — have all said they will vote to endorse Jackson’s nomination.
The 51-year-old federal appeals court judge would be the first black woman to serve on the court and only the third black judge in the court’s history.
She would also join three women currently serving – Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan and Amy Coney Barrett – marking the first time the court had four women at the same time.
President Joe Biden has nominated Jackson to replace outgoing Justice Stephen Breyer.
Some information for this report comes from The Associated Press.