Press Release

February 25, 2022
Cardin Calls Nomination of Highly Qualified Black American Woman to Supreme Court Long Past Due

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today released the following statement on President Biden’s historic nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States. 

“I welcome President Biden’s historic nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to be the 116th Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, replacing Justice Stephen Breyer. Judge Jackson has an extremely impressive background and legal credentials, and now sits as a Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, often called the nation’s second highest court.”

“I had the privilege of chairing Judge Jackson’s first Senate confirmation hearing in 2009, when President Obama nominated her to serve on the U.S. Sentencing Commission. I also appreciated the opportunity to vote in favor of Judge Jackson’s appointment to the D.C. Circuit, when she impressively garnered 53 votes in a Senate evenly divided along party lines. I look forward to meeting with Judge Jackson again to better understand her view of the Constitution, respect for the separation of powers and checks and balances in our system, and her commitment to uphold the civil rights and civil liberties of all Americans.”

“It is long past time for the Supreme Court to seat a highly qualified Black female attorney as a member, as we strive to provide equal justice under law to all Americans. I look forward to her full and fair confirmation process in the United States Senate. “