Ketanji Brown Jackson professes her devotion to God, family, country, Constitution upon confirmation

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson paid tribute to God and her family at the start of her Supreme Court hearings on Monday, where – if confirmed – she will become the first African-American woman to serve on the nation’s highest court.

β€œIt is faith that sustains me right now. Even before today, I can honestly say that my life has been immeasurably blessed,” the judge told the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Along with her parents, husband, daughters, family and friends, the nominee sat in front of lawmakers for about five hours Monday and told the public she hopes to show that anything is possible in America, as long as you work hard.

Judge Jackson noted that her parents moved from Miami to Washington, DC after the civil rights laws were enacted so that she could have opportunities that were not presented to them.

“My parents taught me that unlike the many barriers they grew up with, my path was clearer, so if I worked hard and believed in myself β€” in America β€” I could do or be anything I wanted to be,” she said. said.

As a working mom, Judge Jackson said she struggled to strike a balance.

“I hope that with hard work, determination and love you have seen that it is possible,” she told her daughters.

Judge Jackson was a district court judge for eight years and was confirmed last year by the federal appeals court in Washington. In February, President Joe Biden nominated her to replace Judge Stephen G. Breyer, who will retire this summer.

Judge Jackson is due to appear before senators on Tuesday for questioning about her criminal record.

As she prepared for likely questions about her views on the justice system, legal philosophy and the constitution, Judge Jackson told senators she loves the nation β€” and its founding document.

“During this hearing, I hope you will see how much I love this country and its constitution and the rights that set us free,” she said during her short opening address. “I have dedicated my career to ensuring that the words engraved on the front of the Supreme Court building – ‘equal justice before the law’ – are a reality and not just an ideal.”

Senate Judiciary Committee chair Richard J. Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, has said they plan to vote to confirm Judge Jackson’s confirmation before leaving for Easter recess, which begins April 8.

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