White House celebration Friday for new Supreme Court justice

President Joe Biden holds hands with Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson as they ...

WASHINGTON — A White House celebration for the historic confirmation of Ketanji Brown Jackson will be held Friday on the South Lawn with remarks by the president, vice president and the new associate justice.

Jackson, 51, an appellate judge with nearly a decade of experience on the federal bench, was confirmed by the Senate on Thursday to become the first Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court.

The Review-Journal will livestream the event, set to begin at 9:15 a.m.

Jackson watched the 53-47 results of the Senate vote at the White House with Biden, who nominated her to fill a vacancy created by Justice Stephen Breyer, who announced earlier this year that he would step down.

Harris presided over the Senate, but her tie-breaking vote in the 50-50 Senate was not needed when three Republicans — Susan Collins of Maine, Mitt Romey of Utah and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska — voted with the Democratic caucus to confirm Jackson.

Jackson endured four days of hearings and 24 hours of questioning by the Senate Judiciary Committee before her nomination came before the full Senate for a vote.

She also met privately with senators, including Catherine Cortez Masto and Jacky Rosen, both Nevada Democrats, who touted her qualifications, temperament and the diversity she will bring to the high court.

Jackson is the third African American to serve on the Supreme Court, following Thurgood Marshall and Clarence Thomas, and the sixth woman to be appointed to the highest judicial bench.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Contact Gary Martin at gmartin@reviewjournal.com. Follow @garymartindc on Twitter.