April 07, 2022

Senator Hirono Votes to Confirm Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to Serve as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, voted to confirm Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to serve as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Judge Jackson was confirmed by a vote of 53-47.

“Today is a historic day. For the first time in our country’s history, an exceptionally qualified Black woman will serve on the Supreme Court—and the Court’s decisions will be better as a result. Judge Jackson is a brilliant legal mind without an ideological axe to grind, and it is no surprise that she has received broad support across the political spectrum and across the country. Throughout the hearings, Judge Jackson displayed the intellect, integrity, and temperament necessary in a Supreme Court Justice,” said Senator Hirono.

“Judge Jackson being on the Supreme Court will send such a powerful message of perseverance to everyone in this country, but in particular, to Black women and girls. She will make an exceptional Justice and I was honored to vote confirm her to the Highest Court.”  

Yesterday, Senator Hirono delivered remarks on the Senate floor in support of the nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, highlighting Judge Jackson’s impressive career and broad support, while condemning her Republican colleagues who refuse to support Judge Jackson’s nomination. Additionally, Senator Hirono spoke to the history Judge Jackson will make as the first Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court in our nation’s history. A link to download video of that speech is available here.

Throughout the confirmation process, Senator Hirono has repeatedly expressed her support for Judge Jackson’s historic nomination.