WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today issued the following statement on the bipartisan confirmation of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to be the 116th justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
“As a senator, one of the most important responsibilities I have under the Constitution is whether to provide my consent to a president’s nomination to the Supreme Court, the highest court in the land. Today, I cast my vote to confirm Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court because she is one of the most qualified individuals ever nominated to this lifetime position. She has sterling legal credentials, depth of knowledge, immense integrity and – as we witnessed over days of marathon hearings – incredible judicial temperament. The Supreme Court makes profound decisions every day that affect the lives of people across this country and it is clear that Judge Jackson will work to preserve and protect the Constitution, and to make sure that all Americans are treated equally under the law.
“This is an historic day for our nation. As both the first public defender and first Black woman to sit on the Supreme Court, Judge Jackson will bring needed diversity of perspective and experience to the court. Based on her record, I believe she will be a powerful, consensus-building jurist, as well as a role model for so many.”
Senator Cardin’s floor statement on the nomination can be viewed on YouTube here.