Ketanji Brown Jackson took her oath as Supreme Court Justice on Thursday.
President Joe Biden nominated Jackson for the Supreme Court after Breyer announced in January that he would step down at the end of the court’s 2021 term, which concluded Thursday morning.
In a brief ceremony at the Supreme Court building in Washington, Jackson took two oaths of office. In the constitutional oath, delivered by Chief Justice John Roberts, Jackson solemnly swore to defend the Constitution “against all enemies, foreign and domestic,” and “bear true faith and allegiance to the same.”
Breyer delivered the second, statutory oath, in which Jackson swore to “administer justice without respect to persons and do equal right to the poor and to the rich.”
She clerked for Breyer during the Supreme Court’s 1999-2000 term.
Jackson previously served as a judge on the federal appeals court for the District of Columbia Circuit. In April the Senate confirmed by a vote of 53-47. Three Republican senators joined Democrats to confirm her.
Jackson, like Breyer, is considered a liberal jurist. She joins two other liberal members of the court, Justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor.
Ketanji Brown Jackson smiled while giving oath. Her Husband Patrick Jackson, and their two daughters, Talia and Leila witnessed herstory.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer left remarks about Justice Jackson during the final Senate voting confirmation.
“There are three words I think best fits Judge Jackson: brilliant, beloved, and belongs.”
“It is a great moment for Judge Jackson, but it is even greater moment for America as we rise to a more perfect union.”
Ketanji Brown Jackson is the first justice, in 55 years, since Thurgood Marshall. Also, an experienced criminal lawyer, Thurgood Marshall made history as the first Black justice appointed.
Breyer shook hands with Jackson and gave her a handshake and pat on the back following her pledged oath.