Ketanji Brown Jackson Sworn in as Supreme Court Justice

Headline Roundup June 30th, 2022

Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson was sworn in on Thursday afternoon, replacing Justice Stephen Breyer, who retired the same day. 

Jackson will likely not change the court’s 6-3 conservative majority. Jackson’s arrival on the court came shortly after a series of controversial rulings, including overturning Roe v. Wade; Breyer had joined the other two liberal justices in a joint dissent to that decision. Jackson is the third black person and the first black woman to serve on the nation's highest court. There are now four women on the Supreme Court, more than at any one time in history.

Breyer and Chief Justice John Roberts administered the judicial and constitutional oaths, respectively. In a statement, Jackson called Breyer “a personal friend and mentor of mine for the past two decades,” adding, “In the wake of his exemplary service, with the support of my family and friends, and ever mindful of the duty to promote the Rule of Law, I am well-positioned to serve the American people.” 

Coverage was widespread and mostly balanced across the spectrum on Thursday, with coverage from both sides highlighting Jackson's role as the first black woman justice. However, left-rated outlets featured the story more prominently on homepages than right-rated outlets. 

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Ketanji Brown Jackson took the judicial oath just after noon on Thursday, becoming the first Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court.

Justice Jackson, 51, was confirmed in April, when the Senate voted 53 to 47 on her nomination. She is replacing Justice Stephen G. Breyer, 83, who stepped down with the conclusion of the court’s current term.

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Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer retired on Thursday, paving way for his successor, Ketanji Brown Jackson, to be sworn in as the 116th justice on the high court and the first black woman to sit on the nine-member bench.

Jackson, 51, received two oaths during a ceremony in the West Conference Room, the first with Chief Justice John Roberts administering the Constitutional Oath, followed by Breyer, 83, administering the Judicial Oath.

"I'm pleased to welcome Justice Jackson to the court and to our common calling," Roberts said.

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Ketanji Brown Jackson is making history Thursday as the first-ever black woman sworn in as a justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Jackson, 51, replaces Justice Stephen Breyer, whose resignation from the Supreme Court becomes effective at noon after his nearly 28 years of service there.

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