First black woman justice on high court 'long overdue', Biden says

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First black woman justice on high court 'long overdue', Biden says

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden today affirmed his pledge to nominate the first black woman to the US Supreme Court, saying it was “long overdue”. He praised retiring Justice Stephen Breyer as a model public servant and promised a nominee by the end of February.

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Breyer joined Biden at the White House, a day after news broke of the 83-year-old’s upcoming retirement.

Since Biden took office in January 2021, he has focused on nominating a diverse group of judges to the federal bench, not just in race but also in professional expertise. He installed five black women on federal appeals courts, with three more nominations pending before the Senate.

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“I’ve made no decision except the one person I will nominate will be someone with extraordinary qualifications, character, experience and integrity,” Biden said as Breyer stood by. “And that person will be the first black woman ever nominated to the United States Supreme Court. It’s long overdue.”

Breyer’s replacement by another liberal justice would not change the ideological make-up of the court. Conservatives outnumber liberals by six to three, and Donald Trump’s three nominees pushed the court even further to the right.

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Biden has already met personally with at least one top nominee, Ketanji Brown Jackson, 51, Breyer’s former clerk who worked at the US Sentencing Commission and has been a federal trial court judge since 2013 in the District of Columbia. The two met when Biden interviewed her for her current post as an appeals court judge in the D.C. circuit, where she has served since last June.

Early discussions about a successor are focusing on Jackson, US District Judge J. Michelle Childs and California Supreme Court Justice Leondra Kruger, according to people familiar with the matter who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss White House deliberations. Jackson and Kruger have long been seen as possible nominees.

“He has a strong pool to select a candidate from, in addition to other sources. This is a historic opportunity to appoint someone with a strong record on civil and human rights,” said Derrick Johnson, the NAACP’s president.

First black woman justice on high court 'long overdue', Biden says

Nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson. Photo / AP

Jackson, 51, was nominated by President Barack Obama to be a district court judge. Biden elevated her to the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Early in her career, she was also a law clerk for Breyer. Biden has already met with her personally, he interviewed her for her current post.

Childs, a federal judge in South Carolina, has been nominated but not yet confirmed to serve on the same circuit court. Her name has surfaced partly because she is a favourite among some high-profile lawmakers, including South Carolina Republican James Clyburn.

First black woman justice on high court 'long overdue', Biden says

Nominee US District Judge J. Michelle Childs. Photo / AP

Kruger, a graduate of Harvard and of Yale’s law school, was previously a Supreme Court clerk and has argued a dozen cases before the justices as a lawyer for the federal government.

Breyer, 83, will retire at the end of summer, according to sources who confirmed the news to Associated Press on Wednesday. They spoke on condition of anonymity so as not to pre-empt Breyer’s formal announcement.

But the Senate can confirm a successor before there is a formal vacancy, so the White House is getting to work. It is expected to take at least a few weeks before a nomination is formalized.

First black woman justice on high court 'long overdue', Biden says

Nominee Leondra Kruger. Photo / AP

When Biden was running for the White House, he said that if he had the chance to nominate someone to the court, he would make history by choosing a black woman. And he’s reiterated that pledge since.

“As president, I’d be honoured, honoured to appoint the first African American woman. Because it should look like the country. It’s long past time,” Biden said in February 2020 shortly before South Carolina’s presidential primary.

Adding a black woman to the court would mean a series of firsts — four female justices and two black justices serving at the same time on the nine-member court. Justice Clarence Thomas is the court’s only black justice and just the second-ever, after Thurgood Marshall.

And Biden would have the chance to show black voters increasingly frustrated with a president they helped to elect that he is serious about their concerns, particularly after he has been unable to push through voting rights legislation.

First black woman justice on high court 'long overdue', Biden says

Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen Breyer holds up a copy of the United States Constitution as he announces his retirement in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. Photo / AP

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York said Biden’s nominee “will receive a prompt hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee and will be considered and confirmed by the full United States Senate with all deliberate speed”.

Republicans remain upset about Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s contentious 2018 hearing. Still, Democrats have the 50 votes plus a tiebreaker in Vice-President Kamala Harris that they need to confirm a nominee.

Republicans who changed the Senate rules during the Trump era to allow simple majority confirmation of Supreme Court nominees appeared resigned to the outcome. Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, an influential Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said in a statement, “If all Democrats hang together — which I expect they will — they have the power to replace Justice Breyer in 2022 without one Republican vote in support.”

Nonetheless, Democrats have also been unable to get all their members on board for Biden’s social and environmental spending agenda or to move forward with a voting rights bill.

As a senator, Biden served as chairman of the Judiciary Committee, overseeing six Supreme Court confirmation hearings from 1987 to 1995, including Breyer’s.

And one person who will be central to Biden’s process is chief of staff Ron Klain, a former Supreme Court law clerk and chief counsel to the Judiciary Committee.

Biden could also choose someone who is not currently a judge, though that seems less likely. One contender would be the head of the NAACP Legal Defence and Educational Fund, Sherrilyn Ifill, 59. She has headed the fund since 2013 and has announced she is stepping down in the spring.

The Supreme Court has had three women on it for more than a decade, since 2010, when Obama named Justice Elena Kagan to replace the retiring John Paul Stevens. Kagan joined Obama’s other nominee, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the court’s first Latina justice, and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. When Ginsburg died in September 2020, Trump announced his choice of Amy Coney Barrett eight days later.

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Associated Press writer Mark Sherman contributed to this report.

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