The Senate voted yesterday to confirm Ketanji Brown Jackson as Supreme Court Justice, winning a majority of votes, thanks to three Republicans who voted in favor of her nomination.
The judge, chosen by President Joe Biden, won 53 votes to 47. The three Republican senators who cast their votes in favor were Mitt Romney (R-UT), Susan Collins (R-ME) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), according to NBC News.
Mitt Romney, R-Utah, voted for Jackson while opposing her election last year; he said his concerns were allayed after a talk with her.
In the past, Collins, a Republican, voted against Amy Coney Barrett, the GOP nominee for the seat, and now voted to confirm Jackson as a justice, according to Breitbart.
Republican Senator Murkowski justified her vote by saying Jackson “will bring to the Supreme Court a range of experience from the courtroom that few can match given her background in litigation,” Murkowski told the BBC.
Mitch McConnell and other Republicans have criticized Jackson for having a narrow constitutional interpretation of natural rights and lenient rulings in pedophilia cases.
Other Republicans took issue with Jackson for defending terrorism suspects held at Guantanamo Bay and being “soft” in her sentencing of criminals.
The judge will take office at the end of the current term of Justice Stephen Breyer. The latter announced his retirement but explained that he would not leave the court until January. However, there is no precedent for a judge to be confirmed while their predecessor is still in office, Fox News reported.
Jackson and Biden watched the vote together from the White House.
Jackson’s confirmation to the Supreme Court is believed to have been necessary because approval ratings for the Biden presidency’s policies fell 40 percent in a recent NBC News poll.
Jackson previously served as a U.S. district court judge and was appointed by President Barack Obama in 2013. Before that, she served on the U.S. Sentencing Commission and as a public defender.
The jurist, a native of Washington DC, currently sits on the influential U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. She holds two degrees from Harvard University and once served as editor of the Harvard Law Review, BBC reported.