US President Joe Biden is going to nominate the first black woman as a judge on the US Supreme Court by the end of February. Stephen Breyer, the current Supreme Court judge, is about to retire. On Thursday, Breyer submitted her resignation to President Biden, saying a black woman should have been made a judge by now. Its already too late.
Breyer’s term ending in June, Breyer,
83, recently submitted his resignation to Biden. He wrote in his resignation that he would quit the job as soon as the current session of the court was over. His term will last until the end of June, before which the US Senate will have to find his successor.
Biden had promised before becoming president, Biden,
who won the election with the support of black people, had promised in his presidential campaign that after becoming president, he would nominate a black woman for a permanent post in the High Court. He said that our process is going to be difficult. I will select a nominee capable of carrying on the legacy of Justice Breyer.
Biden also said that I am looking at the background of the candidates and I have made a decision that I will nominate a candidate of special ability, character and integrity. He also said that this man would be a black woman. I think this has been expected for a long time.
Leading these names
are Ketanji Brown Jackson, a US Court of Appeals judge, and Leondra Kruger of the California Supreme Court, among the candidates to replace Breuer. Of the 115 US Supreme Court judges, only five have been women, including three today – Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan and Amy Connie Barrett. There have been only two black men, one of whom is the current Justice Clarence Thomas.
Breyer is the oldest judge on the court and was nominated in 1994 by then-President Bill Clinton.