After the delay, Brown Jackson’s appointment was finally confirmed by a 53-47 vote, and took place hours after the Senate cleared a procedural hurdle in a 53-47 vote to proceed to the final stage of the confirmation.
Republican Senators Susan Collins of Maine, Mitt Romney of Utah and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska joined the Democrats in voting for the appointment of Brown Jackson.
“The President will immediately be notified of the Senate’s actions,” said a smiling US Vice President Kamala Harris, who presided over the vote, after the confirmation, while Brown Jackson’s supporters applauded the historic moment.
The 51-year-old, who formerly served as a federal judge on the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, is also the third Black individual to be appointed to the Supreme Court, after Thurgood Marshall in 1967 and his successor, Clarence Thomas in 1991.
However, she won’t be sworn in just yet, and will take the position once Justice Stephen Breyer retires some time in end June or early July this year, at the end of the current Supreme Court session.