Judge Ketanji Brown Johnson has been confirmed as the first female black U.S Supreme Court justice.
The 51 years old appeal court Judge of over 9yrs experience, was confirmed with 53-47 votes along party line mostly with three republican votes.
The proceedings was presided by Vice President Kamala Harris, a first black woman to reach the high office.
Jackson is to take over her seat when Justice Stephen Breyer retires this summer.
Solidifying the liberal wings of the 6-3 conservative who dominated the court, she joined Biden at the white House to watch the votes as it came in.
During the four day hearing period with the Senate, Jackson spoke of her parent’s struggles through racial segregation and said her “path was clearer than theirs as a black American after enactment of civil rights laws”.
Adding that she attended Harvard University, served as a public defender, worked at a private law firm and was appointed as a member of the U.S. Sentencing Commission.
She further added that she will apply the law without fear or favor and pushed back on republican attempt to portray her as too lenient on criminals she had sentenced.
Being the third black Justice after Thurgood Marshall and Clarence Thomas, and the sixth woman, she will join three other women , Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan Army Coney Barrett, which means that the four of the nine judges women will be women for the first time in history.
Her eventual elevation to the court will be a respite of Democrats who fought three bruising battles over former President Donald Trump’s nominees, and watched Republicans cement a conservative majority in the finals days of Trump’s term, with the confirmation of Coney Barrett.
Although Jackson would not change the balance, she will secure a legacy on the court for Biden, and fulfill his 2020 campaign pledge to nominate the first black female justice.
Sen. Susan Collins said that they may not always agree with Jackson, but they found her enormously well qualified for the job