According to two individuals familiar with the process, President Joe Biden intends to nominate Ketanji Brown Jackson, a federal appellate judge, to become the first Black woman to serve on the United States Supreme Court on Friday.
The announcement of Jackson, which is likely to take place at the White House, will set the setting for a confirmation struggle in the Senate, which is currently split. Because of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the date of Biden’s statement has been in flux.
Biden has chosen Jackson, 51, for a lifetime appointment to the nation’s highest court to replace retiring liberal Justice Stephen Breyer, the court’s oldest member at 83. Only two of the 115 persons who have served on the Supreme Court have been Black, and both were men.
If approved by the Senate, Jackson will be the sixth woman to serve on the Supreme Court, which now has three female justices. She would join the liberal caucus on a court that is becoming more forceful, with a 6-3 conservative majority that includes three justices nominated by Biden’s predecessor, Donald Trump.