April 04, 2022

Senate Judiciary Committee Advances Supreme Court Nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson

WASHINGTON – The Senate Judiciary Committee today advanced the nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement after the Committee vote:

“This is the fourth time the Committee has voted on Judge Jackson in some capacity, a reflection of her extraordinary legal career.  However, it is the first time that the Committee has advanced the nomination of a Black woman to sit on the Supreme Court.  Judge Jackson showed us that she is committed to equal justice under law, and to ensuring that the Constitution works for all Americans.  Today’s vote was historic and I strongly and proudly support Judge Jackson’s nomination.  I look forward to a full Senate vote later this week.”

Judge Jackson received a vote of 11-11. Under the provisions of S. Res. 27, Leader Schumer may now file a discharge motion on the Jackson nomination to place her on the executive calendar.

The Committee also advanced the nominations of Judge Stephanie Dawkins Davis, nominee to be United States Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit; Arianna J. Freeman, nominee to be United States Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit; Robert Steven Huie, nominee to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of California; Evelyn Padin, nominee to be United States District Judge for the District of New Jersey; Jennifer H. Rearden, nominee to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York; and Vanessa Roberts Avery, nominee to be United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut.

Judge Stephanie Dawkins Davis, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit, advanced out of Committee 13-9.

Arianna J. Freeman, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit, advanced out of Committee 11-11. Under the provisions of S. Res. 27, Leader Schumer may now file a discharge motion on the Freeman nomination to place her on the executive calendar.

Robert Steven Huie, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of California, advanced out of Committee 11-10.

Evelyn Padin, to be United States District Judge for the District of New Jersey, advanced out of Committee 12-10.

Jennifer H. Rearden, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York, advanced out of Committee unanimously.

Vanessa Roberts Avery, to be United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, advanced out of Committee by voice vote.

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