The Senate on Thursday voted to confirm the nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court. Jackson is set to become the first Black woman to serve on the country’s highest judicial body.
Here are four things to know about Jackson’s historic nomination:
When does Ketanji Brown Jackson start?
Jackson is set to replace Justice Stephen Breyer on the Supreme Court. Breyer has said he plans to retire at the end of the Supreme Court term this summer.
The following Supreme Court term begins on October 3, 2022, and would be when Jackson would begin her duties as a justice.
What is a Supreme Court judge salary?
Jackson’s salary, like the other associate Supreme Court justices, will be $274,200 for this year, according to the U.S. Courts website.
John Roberts, who serves as the court’s Chief Justice, will make $286,700.
Justices also receive some non-monetary perks for their service. In addition to federal health benefits, many judges have received paid excursions to places like Berlin and London, and the ability to supplement income by giving lectures and speeches, according to a detailed report from TIME.
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Which Republican senators voted yes?
Jackson’s nomination passed the Senate in a 53-47 vote on Thursday. All the Democrats in the Senate, as well as the Independents, voted yes on Jackson.
Three GOP senators also voted to confirm Jackson to the Supreme Court: Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Mitt Romney of Utah.
Who is Ketanji Brown Jackson replacing on the Supreme Court?
As previously stated, Jackson will replace Justice Stephen Breyer, who has served on the Supreme Court since he was nominated by President Bill Clinton in 1994. Jackson clerked for Breyer during the 1999 Supreme Court term.
Breyer was given a special shoutout during Biden’s State of the Union speech in March, leading to loud applause from many lawmakers.
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Biden spoke at the White House on Friday to celebrate Jackson’s confirmation, calling it a “moment of real change” for the U.S.