Senator Stabenow Meets with Supreme Court Nominee Judge Jackson

Thursday, March 17, 2022

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow today met with President Biden’s nominee for the Supreme Court, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. Following the meeting, Stabenow called Judge Jackson an extremely qualified nominee and urged the Senate to confirm her.


For a video and b-roll of the meeting, click here. For photos of the meeting, click here.

“Today I had the privilege of a meeting in my office with Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, President Biden’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court. Our conversation focused on her decades of experience, her judicial philosophy, and her views on the Supreme Court’s impact on our democracy. From her clerkship at the Supreme Court, to her work as a public defender, to her distinguished service on the D.C. District Court and Circuit Court, Judge Jackson’s background makes her uniquely qualified to serve the American people on the Supreme Court,” said Senator Stabenow.  


“Both Republicans and Democrats have voted for her for past judicial positions, which only affirms her qualifications, character, and integrity. I look forward to moving her forward through the confirmation process,” Senator Stabenow continued.


On February 25, President Biden announced that Judge Jackson would be the nominee to replace Justice Stephen Breyer, who will retire from the Supreme Court this year. Judge Jackson would become the 116th Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court and the first Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court. President Biden chose Judge Jackson because of her exceptional credentials, character, and dedication to the rule of law. Judge Jackson is one of our nation’s brightest legal minds and has a breadth of experience in our legal system, giving her the perspective to be an exceptional justice.


Judge Jackson was born in Washington, D.C. and grew up in Miami, Florida. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University, then attended Harvard Law School, where she graduated cum laude and was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. 


Judge Jackson was one of President Biden’s first judicial nominees. She was confirmed with bipartisan support to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in 2021. Judge Jackson is a former public defender and represented defendants who did not have the means to pay for a lawyer. She would be the first former federal public defender to serve on the Supreme Court. President Obama nominated Judge Jackson to be a district court judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in 2012. She was confirmed with bipartisan support in 2013. Earlier in her career, Judge Jackson served as Justice Breyer’s law clerk and learned up close how important it is for a Supreme Court justice to build consensus and speak to a mainstream understanding of the Constitution.


The U.S. Senate hearings during which senators will hear from Judge Jackson and ask her questions will begin on Monday, March 21, and continue throughout the week.