Biden Expected to Nominate First Black Woman to Supreme Court

Who will President Joe Biden nominate to the Supreme Court? The speculation immediately began following the announcement that Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer is retiring. 

Breyer formally announced his retirement to the president in a letter. The two then made a public appearance together at the White House.

Biden said that he plans to nominate the first Black woman to replace Breyer, marking a historic first. Biden said it was long overdue. 

With that, media outlets have begun posting theories of who Biden will pick. The most rumored candidate is Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. Jackson successfully went through the Senate confirmation process for judges last year in June when she was tapped by Biden to be elevated from the Federal District Court in Washington, D.C. onto the powerful U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

It is considered to be the second most powerful court in the United States, and often seen as a stepping stone onto the Supreme Court. Jackson also was a law clerk for Breyer, making it potentially a nice full-circle moment. 

Another prediction on the list of potential nominees is California Supreme Court Justice Leondra Kruger. Kruger has sat on the highest court in California since 2014. 

A third potential pick is Judge J. Michelle Childs. She too was nominated onto the D.C. Circuit by Biden just this month. Before that, she served on the U.S. district court in South Carolina for more than a decade. 

The last top rumored candidate is Judge Candace Jackson-Akiwumi, who was confirmed to the Seventh Circuit in June 2021. She worked for a decade from 2010 to 2020 as a staff attorney in the Federal Defender Program for the Northern District of Illinois.

Breyer’s retirement gives Biden his first opportunity as president to fill a Supreme Court justice vacancy.

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