The Senate on Monday confirmed Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, elevating a trial judge who’s already once been considered for the U.S. Supreme Court.
Jackson, a well-respected judge on the federal court, will now be the second Black woman currently sitting on the D.C. federal appeals court following a 53-44 vote. Her confirmation comes as the Biden administration nominates a number of Black women to the federal appeals courts, after President Joe Biden promised to place a Black woman on the Supreme Court if a vacancy opened up. Some have speculated that Jackson could be a contender if Biden does get to nominate a justice.