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WHAT THEY ARE SAYING: State, Local, Tribal Elected Officials Support Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson for Nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court

February 26, 2022

Yesterday, President Biden announced his intent to nominate Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, one of our nation's brightest legal minds, as Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. President Biden sought a candidate with exceptional credentials, unimpeachable character, and unwavering dedication to the rule of law. Judge Jackson formerly clerked for Justice Breyer, and has broad experience across the legal profession – as a federal appellate judge, a federal district court judge, a member of the U.S. Sentencing Commission, an attorney in private practice, and as a federal public defender. She has been confirmed by the Senate on a bipartisan basis three times – most recently last year for her current seat. If confirmed, Jackson will be the first Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court.

A broad range of elected leaders at the tribal, local, and state levels issued statements applauding her qualifications and acknowledging her historic nomination.

See below for what they are saying:

Governors

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont: "In nominating Ketanji Brown Jackson to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court, President Biden has selected an outstanding jurist to succeed Justice Steven Breyer. As a current federal appellate judge, and former vice chair of the U.S. Sentencing Commission, public defender, and Supreme Court clerk to Justice Breyer, Judge Jackson's experience, perspective, and voice will be a valuable addition to the bench. I applaud President Biden's choice and commend his commitment to ensuring that our nation's highest court better reflects the nation itself." [Press Release, 2/25/22]

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker: "Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is an excellent choice for the Supreme Court, and I urge the Senate to take swift action to confirm this exceptionally bright legal mind to the court." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Illinois Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton: "Today, we watch with great pride as Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson shatters through #GlassCeilings and paves the way for others' voices to be heard! The time is now to add one of the brightest legal minds to the #SCOTUS. We hope she's confirmed in a timely manner. #HERstory" [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer: "Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is an exceptionally qualified candidate for the Supreme Court. Her experience as a public defender and judge at multiple levels demonstrate not only her dedication to the rule of law, but her understanding of the way the law is applied to everyday people – a critical qualification that will serve Michiganders well. She will bring decades of experience, impeccable credentials, and a firm commitment to the Constitution and rule of law to our highest court. One of America's brightest legal minds, Judge Jackson will make history as the first Black woman on the Supreme Court, where she will rule on the issues that matter most to Michiganders from workers' rights, voting rights, reproductive rights, and many more. Judge Jackson has already been confirmed by the Senate with a bipartisan vote three times, and I look forward to her swift confirmation." [Press Release, 2/25/22]

Michigan Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist: "Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson will be a pathbreaking justice. Her background is not only impressive, it is unprecedented. Judge Jackson would be the first Black woman on the Supreme Court and one of a few justices in American history with experience as a public defender. She would bring this long overdue lived experience to the court, where she will rule on countless essential issues in the decades to come from civil rights to equal protection under the law. As a father and an advocate for making sure our criminal justice system positions people and communities for success, I am excited to see a justice with criminal defense experience who looks like my daughters to be nominated to the Supreme Court." [Press Release, 2/25/22]

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz: "Congratulations to Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on her historic nomination to the Supreme Court. Her wealth of experiences and dedication to the rule of law will serve our state and country well. I look forward to her confirmation." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy: "@POTUS has made an outstanding choice in nominating Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to serve on the Supreme Court. With her years of experience working as a public defender and as a district and appellate court judge, Judge Jackson is ideally suited for our nation's highest court." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

New York Governor Kathy Hochul: "What a historic moment. Judge Jackson is an exemplary nominee, with the credentials and qualifications to serve with distinction." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper: "For the first time in our nation's history, a Black woman has been nominated for the United States Supreme Court. Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson brings years of experience and leadership to the bench and will serve the nation with dedication and honor. - RC" [Tweet. 2/25/22]

Oregon Governor Kate Brown: "Congratulations to Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on your historic and well-deserved nomination to the Supreme Court. It is long overdue to have a Black woman serve on our nation's highest court, and I look forward to seeing a fair and timely Senate confirmation." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf: "Congratulations to Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on this well-deserved and historic nomination. @POTUS has made an excellent choice in nominating Judge Jackson to serve on the Supreme Court." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Puerto Rico Governor Pedro Pierluisi: "Hoy @POTUS ha hecho historia con la nominación de la jueza Kentaji Brown Jackson a la corte suprema. Brown cuenta con excelentes cualificaciones y de ser confirmada se convertiría en la primera jueza afroamericana en el máximo foro judicial estadounidense. ¡Enhorabuena!" [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Rhode Island Governor Dan McKee: "In addition to being a historic nomination, Judge Jackson has broad legal experience and exceptional credentials that will bring needed perspective to the Supreme Court. I applaud @POTUS on this selection and urge the Senate to move forward expeditiously on confirmation hearings." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Washington Governor Jay Inslee: "I welcome the selection of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. Judge Jackson's professional background and judicial record eminently qualify her for the Court, and I believe all Washingtonians can count on her to defend their rights under the law." [Tweet, 2/25/22]
"I am particularly pleased that @POTUS has nominated the first Black woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. All Americans benefit when our institutions better reflect the diversity of America, and Judge Jackson's nomination is an essential, historic step forward." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Mayors

Albany, NY Mayor Kathy Sheehan: ".@POTUS continues to keep his promises by creating a federal judiciary that is representative of our entire nation. Congratulations to Judge Jackson on this outstanding achievement!" [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Albuquerque, NM Mayor Tim Keller: "It's about time. We support @POTUS' historic nomination and have confidence in Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson's commitment to ensuring justice and upholding our democratic values." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Ann Arbor, MI Mayor Christopher Taylor: "So grateful for my pal and co-clerk Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. She is brilliant and hard working, treating the law with reverence and litigants with respect. As a person, she has a quick smile and a heartfelt generosity of spirit. America will be in good and just hands." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Atlanta, GA Mayor Andre Dickens: "Judge Jackson's exceptional credentials, unimpeachable character, and unwavering dedication to the rule of law make her an excellent nominee, and it would be an honor to see her confirmed as the first Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Austin, TX Mayor Steve Adler: "Today, we celebrate President Biden's historic nomination of Ketanji Brown Jackson to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States. Judge Jackson is a brilliant jurist whose impeccable legal career will serve her well as the Senate works to confirm her nomination." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott: "Proud to see that @POTUS has nominated Ketanji Brown Jackson to serve as the first Black woman on #SCOTUS. Her experience and dedication to the rule of law make her an exceptional fit for Justice. This is a huge win for representation in our legal system. This is #BlackGirlMagic!" [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Baton Rouge, LA Mayor Sharon Weston Broome: "Another milestone for Black History—President Biden has nominated Judge Kentaji Brown Jackson to the US Supreme Court. She would be the first black woman to serve on the nation's highest court. Looking forward to the completion of this history with a confirmation by the Senate." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Birmingham, AL Mayor Randall Woodfin: "Very happy to see this news today. Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson will make history by being the first black woman to serve on the highest court in the land. Black history is being made today and everyday. Congratulations to Judge Jackson!" [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Boston, MA Mayor Michelle Wu: "Public defender, judge & barrier-breaker. I'm so thrilled to see Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson making history for the Supreme Court & our country!" [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Carmel, IN Mayor Jim Brainard: "I congratulate Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on her historic nomination by President Biden to serve as an Associate Justice on the United States Supreme Court. I understand she has been celebrated by colleagues for her 'ability to work with colleagues of both like and differing views.' As a Republican, I commend the President for his thoughtful selection of a candidate with impressive credentials who has enjoyed bipartisan support in previous Senate confirmation hearings." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Charlotte, NC Mayor Vi Lyles: "Wonderful news today out of the White House - President Biden has made the groundbreaking nomination of Ketanji Brown Jackson for the Supreme Court. This is a historic day of solidarity for all women of color who have been held back from reaching the pinnacle of their profession." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Chicago, IL Mayor Lori Lightfoot: "Ketanji Brown Jackson has lived a life of distinction both as a lawyer and as a jurist. If this historic nomination is confirmed, as it should be, she will follow in the footsteps of some of the greatest Supreme Court jurists of our time—not because she's Black, not because she's a woman, but because she's a damn fine judge." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Cincinnati, OH Mayor Aftab Pureval: "In Judge Jackson, President Biden has nominated an exceptionally qualified legal mind whose principles will support us all. It will be amazing to see a former public defender on the highest court — this is a win for America. Congratulations to the next Supreme Court Justice!" [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Cleveland, OH Mayor Justin Bibb: "Incredible selection by @POTUS. It's past time we had a Black woman on the Supreme Court." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Denver, CO Mayor Michael B. Hancock: ".@POTUS nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is an outstanding and historic selection. Her qualifications, experience and jurisprudence will be a phenomenal addition to the highest court in the land. If confirmed, she will be the first Black women to serve on the court." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Detroit, MI Mayor Mike Duggan: "I applaud President Biden's historic nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the US Supreme Court. It's past time the makeup of our highest court look more like the people in our communities." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Gary, IN Mayor Jerome Prince: "This SCOTUS nomination is a long-overdue step towards a Supreme Court that better reflects the America it serves. To uphold equal justice, our justices must be fair-minded and bolster the rights of ALL people, not just the wealthy and powerful. #JusticeForAll #ConfirmJackson" [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Hartford, CT Mayor Luke Bronin: "Harvard Law, three federal clerkships including Supreme Court, Federal District Judge, Appeals Court Judge (confirmed w/bipartisan vote), & extensive legal practice—including as a public defender, providing experience & insight all too rare on the bench. Outstanding choice." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Houston, TX Mayor Sylvester Turner: "As Mayor of Houston, I want to thank President Biden for this historic nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court. America's highest court needs to look like America and it has been far too long for an African American woman to be on the Supreme Court." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Irvine, CA Mayor Farrah N. Khan: "Throughout Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson's career as a U.S. Circuit Judge, U.S. District Judge, and federal public defender, she has demonstrated her judicial expertise and dedication to serving the public equitably and fairly. Thank you @POTUS" [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Kansas City, MO Mayor Quentin Lucas: "Make that future Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson!" [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Long Beach, CA Mayor Robert Garcia: "Once again @POTUS has met the moment. Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is exactly the woman we need on the bench. We know that extreme forces in our country will try to destroy her. Not on our watch. We must do everything possible to uplift her work and share her stellar record." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Los Angeles, CA Mayor Eric Garcetti: "Today, @POTUS made a historic nomination — Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson has been nominated to the Supreme Court. Her exceptional knowledge of the law and unwavering dedication to uphold the U.S. Constitution make her undeniably qualified to serve on the Supreme Court." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Madison, WI Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway: "Excited about @POTUS nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the United States Supreme Court! In choosing a Black woman as the next nominee, reaffirmed his commitment to judicial diversity & helped ensure the richness of our country is reflected on our highest Court #SCOTUS" [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Mesa, AZ Mayor John Giles: "Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson's expertise as an attorney and judge makes her an ideal candidate to serve on our highest court. I believe her historic nomination will garner bipartisan support because of her commitment to upholding the rule of law." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Mount Vernon, NY Mayor Shawyn Patterson-Howard: "The nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, a former public defender a black woman is a great moment for our country. I'm thrilled by the her nomination by President Biden who kept his promise." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Miami, FL Mayor Francis Suarez: "Congratulations to Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on her historic nomination to the Supreme Court. As an alumna of Palmetto High, and the niece of a former Miami Police Chief, Calvin Ross, this is a testament to this family's commitment to public service." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Miami-Dade, FL Mayor Daniella Levine Cava: "It's with great hometown pride that I support @POTUS's nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court. As a product of Miami-Dade, and a jurist of the utmost integrity, we could not be more proud. Now more than ever, we need Justices of her caliber and dedication." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Montgomery, AL Mayor Steven L. Reed: "From her broad and diverse experience across the legal profession to her unblemished character and dedication to the rule of law, Judge Jackson is an excellent nominee for Supreme Court. The Senate should move forward with a fair and timely confirmation." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

New Orleans, LA Mayor LaToya Cantrell: "The time has come for our country's diversity to be reflected in the land's highest court. @POTUS promised and delivered in nominating the first Black woman to the Supreme Court. History has been made! Thank you, President Biden, for nominating Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson.??" [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Newark, NJ Mayor Ras Baraka: "I applaud President Joe Biden's nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court of the United States. Judge Brown Jackson's impeccable credentials, serving as a federal court judge for nearly a decade and on the D.C. Circuit, a highly prestigious appeals panel since last year proves that she has been appropriately and rightfully considered to serve as a Supreme Court Justice.??On behalf of the people of Newark, we are grateful that President Biden is honoring his campaign promise to nominate a Black woman to the Supreme Court. With a pedigree in direct alignment with current Supreme Court Justices, she is more than qualified to hold this position. Furthermore, if she is nominated, she would replace her former mentor, Justice Stephen G. Breyer, who helped shape her legal approach and would in no way disrupt the court's current convictions.??I wholeheartedly agree with President Biden's statement that for too long, our government and courts haven't looked like America. I welcome this nomination and am immensely grateful that we are entering an era reflective of Dr. King's Dream during Black History Month. Certainly, Judge Brown Jackson's distinguished career in service to the American people, capped by a scrupulous character, is appropriately recognized by this historic nomination."? [Statement, 2/25/22]

New York City Mayor Eric Adams: "Throughout our history, extraordinary people have run their leg of the relay toward a fairer, more just society. Harriet Tubman ran her leg of the relay. Rosa Parks ran her leg, as did Shirley Chisholm and Marsha P. Johnson, and so many more. And then New York's own Judge Constance Baker Motley opened the doors as the first Black female federal judge in our nation. Now, with her history-making nomination, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is poised to continue her leg of the relay as the first Black woman to be nominated as an Associate Justice to the highest court in the land. Throughout her impressive legal career, Judge Jackson has been a clear and consistent voice for the voiceless, and someone who has been willing to identify and address the enduring inequalities that still plague our nation. Not only does Judge Jackson's nomination represent an historic moment for this country, but by making her his first Supreme Court pick, President Biden is showing that he is serious about having a court that better reflects the diversity of the United States. I commend President Biden on this stellar choice, and I thank Associate Justice Stephen Breyer for his years of service to this nation." [Press Release, 2/25/22]
"Throughout history, extraordinary women have run their leg of the relay toward a more just society. Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson has always given a voice to the voiceless and will pick up that baton as the first Black woman on the Supreme Court. @POTUS has made a stellar choice." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Norman, OK Mayor Breea Clark: "This is a very big deal, and I couldn't be happier with this selection! Congratulations, Judge Brown Jackson!" [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Orlando, FL Mayor Buddy Dyer: "I applaud President Biden's decision to nominate Judge Ketanji Brown to our nation's highest court. The nomination reaffirms his commitment to make our government institutions more reflective of our nation's citizens." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Philadelphia, PA Mayor Jim Kenney: "Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is an outstanding nominee for the Court. Her background and credentials prove that she will uphold the Constitution and work for the American people. The Senate should move forward with a fair and timely hearing on this historic nomination from @POTUS" [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Phoenix, AZ Mayor Kate Gallego: "An excellent nomination by President Biden to our Supreme Court. Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson brings Harvard law school knowledge and solid judicial experience as a federal trial judge and now U.S. appeals court judge. @WhiteHouse" [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Portland, OR Mayor Ted Wheeler: "Congratulations to Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on her well-deserved nomination to serve on the Supreme Court. @POTUS's historic choice is an inspiration to many and reflects the diversity of our great nation." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Richmond, VA Mayor Levar Stoney: "Thank you, @POTUS, for nominating Judge #KetanjiBrownJackon to the #SCOTUS. ?? Today is a historic step forward in ensuring the highest court reflects the diversity of race, gender, and lived experiences of more Americans at the highest level." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Sacramento, CA Mayor Darrell Steinberg: "History making & barrier breaking. President Biden's appointment of this highly accomplished jurist states clearly the Supreme Court should represent the great diversity of our nation. May it not be the last appointment that makes us proud." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Salt Lake City, UT Mayor Erin Mendenhall: "Thank you @POTUS for making this historic decision, nominating Judge Jackson to our nation's highest court. It shows progress for representation, diversity and equality more reflective of our country. #SCOTUS" [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Salt Lake County, UT Mayor Jenny Wilson: "Long overdue! I am excited and energized by the news from @POTUS nominating Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

San Diego, CA Mayor Todd Gloria: "This is a historic step forward in ensuring our highest court reflects the diversity of race, gender, and lived experiences of more Americans. I look forward to Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson bringing her extensive judicial and legal expertise to the U.S. Supreme Court." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Savannah, GA Mayor Van Johnson: "The time has come for our country's diversity to be reflected in the land's highest court. I welcome @POTUS nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson and urge the Senate to move quickly in the confirmation process. #JusticeForAll" [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Seattle, WA Mayor Bruce Harrell: "Judge Jackson is an eminently qualified, accomplished, and historic nominee. Not only will she uphold the law, but with her own unique story and as the first Black woman to serve as Supreme Court Justice, she will uplift and inspire Americans nationwide. Representation matters." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Shreveport, LA Mayor Adrian Perkins: "Congratulations to my friend Ketanji Brown Jackson! She made history this morning when @POTUS nominated her to become a Supreme Court Justice. I had the privilege of serving with her on the Harvard Law School Visiting Committee. What a great way to end Black History Month!" [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Sterling Heights, MI Mayor Michael Taylor: "In addition to serving as mayor I also practice law full time. Today is a historic day for our nation and my profession as Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson will become the first black female Supreme Court Justice. Congrats to Judge Brown and the United States! Great choice, @JoeBiden!" [Tweet, 2/25/22]

St. Louis, MO Mayor Tishaura O. Jones: "From her tenure as a U.S. Circuit Judge to her time as a federal public defender, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson has shown that she has the experience, character, & expertise to succeed Justice Breyer. Her nomination is a powerful and historic moment for our country. #BlackWomenLead" [Tweet, 2/25/22]

St. Paul, MN Mayor Melvin Carter: "Incredible nomination, Mr. President! Judge Brown Jackson will be an incredible addition to the Supreme Court! #PromisesKept" [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Tacoma, WA Mayor Victoria Woodards: "As an African American woman, as a local official, and as the Chair of the U.S. Conference of Mayors Women Mayors Leadership Alliance, I applaud President Joseph Biden for his historic nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to become the 116th Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. The Senate should look favorably upon Judge Jackson's impeccable professional qualifications and her distinguished history of service as a fair jurist at the federal appeals court and federal district court. I am personally most impressed by Judge Jackson's commitment to ensuring equal justice and protecting civil rights of all Americans. Here in the City of Destiny, Tacoma residents share those ideals. The President has put forth an exceptional candidate who would provide a diverse perspective as a woman, as a mother, as a former public defender, and as a Black American — that representation is long overdue in the nation's highest court. I urge the Senate to swiftly consider and confirm Judge Jackson to serve on the Supreme Court."

Talladega, AL Mayor Timothy Ragland: "This SCOTUS nomination is necessary progress towards a Supreme Court that better reflects the America it serves. To uphold equal justice, our justices must be fair-minded and bolster the rights of ALL people, not just the wealthy and powerful. #JusticeForAll #ConfirmKBJ" [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Tampa, FL Mayor Jane Castor: "History (or herstory) in the making! Exciting to see the nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson - the first nomination of a Black woman to the Supreme Court!"[Tweet, 2/25/22]

West Hollywood, CA Mayor Lauren Meister: "A great moment for our country: @POTUS nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to @USSupremeCourt of the United States. #SCOTUS" [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Westland, MI Mayor Bill Wild: "I applaud the historic @POTUS nomination of Judge Kentanji Brown Jackson to serve as Associate Justice of the U.S. Sup. Court. Judge Jackson is exceptionally qualified, pragmatic and is committed to equal Justice under the law, similar to retiring Justice S.Breyer. @WhiteHouse"[Tweet, 2/25/22]

Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser: "Today, at the intersection of Black History Month and Women's History Month, we celebrate the historic nomination of Ketanji Brown Jackson to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States. Born in DC and currently serving on the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Judge Jackson is blazing new trails for young Black girls in DC and across the nation. She is a brilliant jurist who is more than ready to make history and put our nation on a stronger path forward as the first Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court.

"We applaud President Biden on his historic nomination and urge a swift and smooth confirmation in the Senate. For generations, Black women have been at the forefront of civil rights movements, fulfilling the charge of a Supreme Court Justice – fighting to ensure the promise of equal justice under the law. It is time, past time, to have a Black woman serve on our nation's highest court, and in doing so, build a Supreme Court that better represents America.

"At a time when Americans continue to reckon with the past, present, and future of our nation, this nomination stands as a beacon of hope and a testament to the importance of representation. It also stands as a stark reminder that the 700,000 Americans living in Washington, DC will not be represented in the Senate's confirmation process – a wrong that can only be righted by making Washington, DC the 51st state. But as this nomination proves, we are not done moving toward a more perfect union, and in DC, we are not done fighting for full access to our nation's democracy." [Press Release, 2/25/22]

West Hollywood, CA Mayor Lauren Meister: "A great moment for our country: @POTUS nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to @USSupremeCourt of the United States. #SCOTUS" [Tweet, 2/25/22]

West Sacramento, CA Mayor Martha Guerrero: "This is excellent news ??@POTUS wow this is a historic nomination to the Supreme Court and an excellent choice - congratulations Judge Ketanji Brown you earned this and thank you ?? for your dedication to the constitution and the rule of the law!" [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Yonkers, NY Mayor Mike Spano: "Congratulations to Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on her nomination to the highest court of the land. America has followed an evolutionary path. Judge Jackson's nomination shows how far we as a nation have come and is proof that opportunities for achievement are equal and endless." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Law Enforcement

Chicago Superintendent David Brown: President Biden's historic nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court makes me think of the brilliant women who have impacted my life. This nomination honors the memory of my beloved mother, highlights the tireless work of incredible women like my wife, and demonstrates a future filled with infinite possibilities for my daughter. From her work on the U.S. Sentencing Commission to serving as a federal public defender, Judge Jackson has dedicated her life to hard work and fairness, and forged a career rooted in public service and justice. Her commitment to collaboration and deep understanding of American jurisprudence is more evident in her longstanding bipartisan support at every level. I have no doubt that if confirmed, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson's appointment will make history by adding a powerful, moderate, and informed voice to the highest court in the land. [Tweet, 2/25/22]

State Constitutional Officers

California Secretary of State Shirley Weber: "Congratulations to Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on her historic nomination to SCOTUS! Judge Jackson is a highly qualified jurist and former public defender who has devoted her career to advancing justice for every community. I look forward to her confirmation!" [Tweet, 2/25/22]

California State Assemblywoman Mia Bonta: ". @POTUS has nominated Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, one of our nation's brightest legal minds, to the Supreme Court. President Biden sought a candidate with exceptional credentials, unimpeachable character, and unwavering dedication to the rule of law. (1/2)" [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Connecticut Attorney General William Tong: "Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is an exceptional choice to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. Her broad experiences across the legal profession have distinguished her as one of our nation's sharpest legal minds and most well respected judges." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Connecticut State Treasurer Shawn Wooden: "Congratulations to Judge #KetanjiBrownJackson upon her nomination by @Potus to serve as Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. She is the first Black woman nominated to our nation's highest court & brings exceptional legal experience. I look forward to her confirmation." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller: I applaud President Biden's #SCOTUS nomination. Judge Jackson would bring a wide range of experiences to the court: as a public defender, a member of the U.S. Sentencing Commission; a trial judge; and as an appeals court judge on the "second-highest court in the land." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey: "This is historic and long overdue. Congratulations to Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on this well-deserved nomination. Her lived experience, integrity, intelligence, and dedication to upholding the Constitution and rule of law will serve our country well." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Maine Attorney General Aaron Frey: "Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is a highly qualified and experienced nominee and will be an excellent addition to the Supreme Court. Not only will she make history as the first Black woman to serve, she would be the first former public defender. She would bring a much needed critical perspective to the court and should be confirmed with all deliberate speed.

As having formerly been assigned to represent indigent clients in my private practice, I know the in-depth understanding gained by serving the legal needs of people who too often experience real challenges in accessing the judicial system. Ultimately, this selection makes clear that defending the rights of people who cannot afford a lawyer is just as valuable as representing the wealthiest Americans.

The Supreme Court will undoubtedly benefit from Judge Jackson's impressive resume and unyielding commitment to upholding the Constitution." [Press Release, 2/25/22]

Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford: "I look forward to seeing one of our country's brightest legal minds, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, confirmed to the Supreme Court. Soon, the highest court in our country will finally look a bit more like America." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

"I had the unique experience of clerking for not 1, but 2, Black female federal judges - one on the district court on Michigan and one on the 9th Circuit, both excellent jurists who continue to bring needed perspective to the Bench. #SCOTUS will finally have that benefit in #KBJ!" [Tweet, 2/25/22]

New York Attorney General Letitia James: "Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson has dedicated her career to serving and upholding the rule of the law, and she will continue to do just that as the first Black woman to serve as a U.S. Supreme Court Justice. Congratulations on your historic nomination to the Supreme Court." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli: "It's taken far too long, but I am pleased to see @potus nominate the first Black woman to the Supreme Court. Ketanji Brown Jackson is a gifted jurist who received bipartisan support when she was nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals last year." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

New York City Comptroller Brad Lander: "Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is a terrific choice for the Supreme Court and brings much needed perspectives informed by her experiences, including as a former public defender, to her work on the bench. I am hopeful she will quickly be confirmed by the Senate." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Oliver: "Representation matters ??" [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Florida Commissioner Nikki Fried, Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: "There is no better choice to be the United States' next Supreme Court Justice than Ketanji Brown Jackson, a fellow graduate of my alma mater Miami Palmetto Senior High. Her appointment is historic and she will bring a wealth of experience to our highest court and the federal judicial system. Ms. Brown Jackson will bring a much-needed perspective to the Court as a Black woman, a former public defender, and a public school graduate. I'm proud to support her nomination." [Statement, 2/25/22]

Washington, D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine: "Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson – a native Washingtonian – would make an excellent Supreme Court justice. I urge the Senate to confirm her as soon as is possible." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

State Legislators
Arizona State Senator Sandra Cano: "Historic Nomination! Excellent choice @POTUS First black woman to serve on the US Supreme Court! Congratulations #JudgeBrownJackson #RepresentationMatters #SCOTUSNominee" [Tweet, 2/25/22]

California State Senate President Pro Tempore Toni Atkins: "Today, a new and inspiring piece of history was written. Many congratulations to Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on her nomination to the #SCOTUS! It is well-deserved, and I applaud @POTUS ' thoughtful choice." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

California State Senator Maria Elena Durazo: "Historic pick. Congratulations to Judge Ketanji Jackson, who would be the first Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court!" [Tweet, 2/25/22]

California State Senator Susan Rubio: "Congrats to Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, nominated today for SCOTUS. She would be the first Black woman on the court. Her story about being warned in high school to not set her sights "so high" resonated with me. Didn't stop me, and it certainly didn't stop her. #breakingbarriers" [Tweet, 2/25/22]

California State Assemblywoman Akilah Weber: "Congratulations to Judge Katanji Brown, one of our nation's brightest legal minds, on your historic nomination to the Supreme Court. We are proud of your stellar record experience across the legal profession – as a federal judge, an attorney, and as a federal public defender." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

California State Assemblywoman Luz Rivas: "Judge Jackson is an outstanding nominee for the Supreme Court! The Senate should move forward with a fair and timely confirmation and hearing." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

California State Assemblywoman Rebecca Bauer-Kahan: "A truly phenomenal #SCOTUS nominee from @POTUS ! Judge Jackson has the experience, smarts and is a pick that we can all be proud of. I hope that the Senate moves forward quickly with her confirmation." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

California State Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer: "This is a progressive step forward for the Supreme Court & our nation. President Biden has kept his promise of nominating a Black woman to the highest cour & has found a highly qualified candidate in Judge #kentanjibrownjackson." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Colorado State Representative Iman Jodeh: "Today marks a monumental day in history. I am so moved to see true progress and representation in our nation's highest court. #BlackHistoryMonth" [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Connecticut State House Democratic Caucus: "We're excited to share that @POTUS has nominated Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, one of our nation's brightest legal minds, to the U.S. Supreme Court. He had chosen a candidate with exceptional credentials, unimpeachable character, and unwavering dedication to the rule of law." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Connecticut State Representative Matt Blumenthal: "Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is supremely qualified, and will make an excellent U.S. Supreme Court Justice. A great choice, from great options, by @POTUS." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Connecticut State Senator Bob Duff: "Congratulations to #SCOTUS nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson. She is someone who brings her background as a former public defender and experienced appeals judge to the high court. Learn more about this exceptional nominee and future Justice here: http://WhiteHouse.gov/KBJ" [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Connecticut State Representative Corey P. Paris: "This historic and landmark nomination will set into motion a new opportunity for #fairness, #equity, and #Justice on the nation's highest court. I applaud @POTUS for delivering on his pledge to nominate a Black woman to #scotus. Judge #ketanjibrownjackson, let's get you cnfrmd" [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Florida State Senate Democratic Leader Lauren Book: "Congratulations to Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on this historic, well-deserved nomination. A former public defender, Obama-era criminal justice policymaker, and expert on sentencing, Judge Jackson has rich experience both in law and life.She is a Justice of the people, by the people, for the people — and I look forward to her confirmation." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Florida State Senator Annette Taddeo: "Ketanji Brown Jackson is an excellent, historic nominee for our highest court. She is a Miami native and a graduate of Palmetto High School that is eminently qualified and will bring much-needed lived and professional experience to the court." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Florida State Senator Gary Farmer: "Very proud to see South FL's own Honorable Ketanji Brown Jackson nominated to the US Supreme Court! As a former public defender she will bring a much needed perspective to the bench. I hope the Senate moves swiftly to confirm our first Black female justice to #SCOTUS!" [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Florida State Senator Shevrin Jones: ".@POTUS just nominated Ketanji Brown to be the first black woman to sit on the Supreme Court." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Florida State Senator Janet Cruz: "Congratulations to Judge Kentaji Brown Jackson on her nomination by @POTUS to serve on SCOTUS! Judge Jackson's background in federal public defense & civil rights advocacy ensure she will do a tremendous job on the court. Raised in Miami, Judge Jackson makes FL very proud today." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Florida State Representative Fentrice Driskell: "Congratulations to Hon. Ketanji Brown Jackson on becoming the FIRST Black woman who will be nominated to the US Supreme Court! She's a fellow @Harvard alumna and FL high school graduate, too. #SoProud ??" [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Florida State House Democratic Caucus: "Representation matters! And now, we are one step closer to young Black girls & women seeing themselves reflected when they look at our nation's highest court." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Florida State Representative Kamia Brown: "Congratulations, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, on your Supreme Court nomination! We can't wait to see the amazing work you will do, and we will be here to support you along the way. Let's make history!!! #WinWithBlackWomen #SheWillRise #SCOTUS" [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Georgia State Representative Derek Mallow: "History in my lifetime starts today with the nomination Ketanji Brown Jackson! This is the first time I would see an African American woman confirmed on the nations highest court! #gapol" [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Georgia State Representative Kim Schofield: "I am so excited and proud of President Biden's historic nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson for the U.S. Supreme Court. Finally, America will have a Supreme Court that reflect, respects and values all voices. #Supreme Court #Ketanji Brown Jackson #President Joe Biden" [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Georgia State Senator Jen Jordan: "Congratulations to Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on her historic nomination! A fantastic choice." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Idaho State Senator Melissa Wintrow: "Judge Ketanji has exceptional credentials, unimpeachable character, & unwavering dedication to the law. Former clerk for Justice Breyer, whom she is nominated to replace, she is a top jurist w/strong experience on fed bench, & serves on U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Illinois State House Speaker Chris Welch: "This is Black history in the making. Congratulations to Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on your well deserved nomination! It's about time that we have a Black woman on our country's highest court. #BlackHistoryMonth" [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Illinois State Representative Lamont Robinson: "Thank you to President Biden for nominating the first Black woman for the U.S. Supreme Court in Ketanji Brown Jackson. She has an excellent pedigree and will bring a much-needed new perspective to the Court if confirmed, at a critical time for our country." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Indiana State Senator JD Ford: "Historic day as @POTUS nominates Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson! Her credentials are impressive. As important cases are decided before SCOTUS that will impact Hoosiers, her voice on the Court will be needed." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Indiana State Senator Jean Breaux: "Biden will be nominating Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson for the Supreme Court. This is a monumental moment, the first African American woman to sit on the bench, and only the third African American person in history." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Indiana State Representative Cherrish Pryor: "Looking forward to Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson's confirmation and and having her serve on the @USSupremeCourt" [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Iowa State Representative Ross Wilburn: "I'm so pleased to witness this historic moment for our nation. Thank you to @POTUS for nominating Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, whose work as a public defender makes her extraordinarily qualified to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Iowa State Representative Molly Donahue: "Today @POTUS made a historic nomination for the Supreme Court. Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is the 1st Black American woman to be nominated. Judge Jackson has the credentials & qualifications needed, along with experience to serve on our highest court. #SupremeCourt" [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Maryland State Senator Shelly Hettleman: "This nomination is pretty darn exciting! Ketanji Brown Jackson is the first Black woman and federal public defender to be nominated to SCOTUS. She has amazing credentials & is a wonderful selection to follow in the footsteps of Justice Breyer, for whom she clerked." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Maryland State Delegate Luke Clippinger: "Finally! The President's nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to serve on the highest court in the land is a supremely hopeful and necessary moment for our nation. May her confirmation be swift and may she deliver justice for all for many years to come. #SCOTUS" [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Maryland State Delegate Marlon Amprey: "Diversity and inclusion matter for so many reasons. This is one of those very important reasons. Our daughters deserve to see themselves at all levels of government. #KJBSCOTUS"[Tweet, 2/25/22]

Maryland State Delegate Jazz Lewis: "Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson's nomination is a historic step forward for our nation's highest court. For an institution long dominated by white men, her appointment will be a breath of fresh air and will bring a new vision to our Supreme Court." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Maryland State Delegate Stephanie Smith: "This morning, I shed some tears. Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson has the most impeccable credentials, served as a public defender & wears a crown of locs upon her head. She already sits on the 2nd highest court in the land & will soon reach the Supreme Court. So Happy. #SheWillRise" [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Maryland State Delegate Marlon Amprey: "The joy of this decision warms my heart. The Biden administration's commitment to elevating Black women is truly special. As my daughter grows up, she will only know a world of a Black and Indian woman as Vice President and a SCOTUS with Black and Latina women. Thank you @POTUS" [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Massachusetts State Representative Paul Mark: "It's amazing to see Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson nominated to the Supreme Court. She has an outstanding track record and is making history as the first Black woman nominated to this position. This is a historic moment and a well-deserved nomination." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Massachusetts State Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz: "Congratulations to Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on her historic nomination! Not only is she overwhelmingly qualified to sit on our highest court, but she's bringing two crucial firsts to SCOTUS: our first Black woman Justice AND our first former public defender." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Minnesota State Senator Patricia Torres Ray: "#KetanjiBrownJackson today you are making history. Congratulations! #SupremeCourt"[Tweet, 2/25/22]

Missouri State Senate Democratic Leader John Rizzo: "Excellent choice by @POTUS . Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson's impressive qualifications & experience will help to restore integrity to #SCOTUS. An historic moment for our country & women of color as our highest court will better reflect the diversity of our great nation." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Missouri State Senator Steven Roberts: "Congratulations to Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson and to President Biden for his outstanding selection." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

New Jersey Senator Gordon Johnson, Assemblywoman Shama Haider, and Assemblywoman Ellen Park: "True diversity is not merely that of race and gender, but diversity of experience as well. Ketanji Brown Jackson will not only be the first Black woman to sit on the US Supreme Court, she will also be the only Justice to have been a public defender." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

New York State Senate President Andrea Stewart-Cousins: ""Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is an eminently qualified jurist and former public defender who has dedicated her life to serving others. If confirmed Judge Brown will make history as the first Black woman Supreme Court Justice. The nomination of a highly accomplished Black woman to the nation's highest court is long overdue, I commend President Biden for this terrific pick and I stand in full support of her nomination." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

New York Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Legislative Caucus: "Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is an exemplary jurist, and the Caucus is proud to support her historic nomination to the highest court. Apart from being the first Black woman, she will also be the first former public defender on the bench, helping to diversify the court" [Tweet, 2/25/22]

New York State Senator Sean Ryan: "A highly qualified and historic choice to serve on the Supreme Court. Congratulations to Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson and her family, and thanks to @POTUS for making this groundbreaking nomination." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

New York State Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal: "#KentanjiBrownJackson will break barriers as soon-to-be next #SCOTUS justice. Her nomination is a historic moment for our country & the highest court. Little Black girls everywhere will see their future reflected in her confirmation. #RBG would be proud!" [Tweet, 2/25/22]

New York State Assembly Speaker Carl E. Heastie: "Today, President Biden has made history by nominating Judge Kentanji Brown Jackson to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. As the first Black woman to be nominated to the Court, this historic and long overdue nomination is especially poignant during Black History Month." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

New York State Assemblyman Kenny Burgos: "A federal judge and a former public defender, I can't think of a better choice than Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to serve as the first Black woman justice on the Supreme Court. I look forward to her confirmation by the Senate." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

New York State Assemblywoman Monica Wallace: "I applaud @POTUS on the nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, an extremely qualified jurist and former public defender, to the U.S. Supreme Court. Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson made history today as the first Black woman nominated to our nation's highest court." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

New York State Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy: "As a former public defender, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson will bring an important perspective and background to our nation's highest bench, and when confirmed, will make history as the first black woman to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Nevada State Senator Pat Spearman: "President Biden is set to nominate Ketanji Brown Jackson as the first Black woman to sit on the Supreme Court." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

North Carolina State Senator Wiley Nickel: "A great choice for the court. Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson will be an outstanding addition to the Supreme Court." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

North Carolina State Seantor Natalie Murdock: "I am extremely moved by the President's selection of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to #SCOTUS. For the 2nd time in less than 2 years, the President has made history by selecting the first Black Woman VP and now the first Black Woman on the Supreme Court. #ConfirmJackson" [Tweet, 2/25/22]

North Carolina State Representative Graig Meyer: "Thanks to President Biden for working to ensure a democracy that represents everyone! Liberty and Justice for All!!" [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Ohio State House Democratic Leader Allison Russo: "This is an outstanding choice by @POTUS to be the next #SupremeCourt Justice! Who is Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson? Biden names her as his Supreme Court nominee : NPR" [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Ohio State Representative Emilia Sykes: "What a way to close out #BlackHistoryMonth! Washington D.C. Circuit Court Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson will make history as the first Black woman nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court. President Biden has just announced the nomination today. Congratulations Judge Brown Jackson!" #BHM" [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Ohio State Representative Juanita Brent: "#KetanjiBrownJackson The U.S. Supreme Court has existed for 233 years, first black man appointed to this court 55 years ago and now the first black woman is being nominated. History is constantly being made … PROMISE MADE, PROMISE FULFILLED ??" [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Pennsylvania State Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa: "This is an exciting day! Not only is Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson the first Black woman to be nominated, she is remarkably qualified. I look forward to seeing her confirmation hearings & watching this glass ceiling shatter." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Pennsylvania State House Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton: "HISTORY BEING MADE!!!! Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson's experience & dedication to the bench makes her a great choice. Now, let's get her confirmed and make it official!!! #blackwomenlead #blackhistorymonth #scotus #makinghistory #letswork @POTUS @PALegBlkCaucus @PaHouseDems" [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Pennsylvania State Senator Nikil Saval: "A bright spot in a hard week: the supremely qualified Judge Kentaji Brown Jackson has been nominated by President Biden to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court! When confirmed, Judge Jackson will be the first Black woman to serve on the court, and the first former federal defender." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Pennsylvania State Senator Sharif Street: "Proud to see a historic nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to serve on the Supreme Court." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Pennsylvania State Senator Carolyn Comitta: "BREAKING NEWS: A historic day as @POTUS fulfills his promise to nominate the first Black woman - Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson - to the US Supreme Court." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Pennsylvania State Senator Maria Collett: "Judge Jackson would be the sixth woman, the first Black woman, and the first former public defender to serve on the Supreme Court." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Pennsylvania State Representative Malcolm Kenyatta: ". @POTUS knocked it out of the park with this choice! KBJ was just recently confirmed to the DC Court of Appeals with bi-partisan support. She was a clerk for Justice Beyer and a long time public defender. She will be an outstanding associate Justice!" [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Pennsylvania State Representative Jordan Harris: "This is a historic selection by President Biden. I look forward to seeing Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson's years of public service continue on our nation's highest court." [Tweet, 2/25/22] "

Pennsylvania State Representative Emily Kinkead: "As we work towards a more fair and equitable world for all, the first Black woman #SCOTUS Justice will be pivotal. Congratulations to the supremely qualified and long overdue Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson!" [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Pennsylvania State Representative Dan Frankel: "Ketanji Brown Jackson will be a fantastic addition to our highest court. Her background reveals a history of legal expertise, obviously, but also of empathy and public service. This is a historic day!" [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Pennsylvania State Representative Dan Williams: "A historic choice. Judge Jackson's experience & dedication to the bench makes her a great choice for the US Supreme Court. Now the Senate must confirm without delay. #blackhistorymonth #scotus #makinghistory @POTUS @PALegBlkCaucus @PAHDCC" [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Pennsylvania State Representative Austin Davis: "Our diversity is our strength as a nation! Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson will make an excellent Supreme Court Justice! She will bring a much needed perspective to the court." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Rhode Island State Representative Carol Hagan McEntee: "Congratulations, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson! A historic moment for our country! #KBJ?? Thank you, @POTUS!" [Tweet, 2/25/22]

South Carolina State Senator Marlon Kimpson: "While I enthusiastically supported Judge Michelle Childs for the SCOTUS, the nomination of Judge Ketanji Jackson is historic and am grateful that @POTUS was true to his word to appoint one of the brightest legal minds of female African American descent." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

South Carolina State Representative Gilda Cobb-Hunter: "Thanks @POTUS for keeping your word to appoint a black woman to the Supreme Court. Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson will be a phenomenal Justice!" [Tweet, 2/25/22]

South Carolina State Senator Mia McLeod: "It's official! @POTUS has named Judge Kentanji Brown-Jackson as his SCOTUS Nominee. Congratulations Kentaji on making history. It feels so good to have someone that looks like me play a critical role in our judicial system for the first time. #BlackHERstory #SCOTUSNominee" [Tweet, 2/25/22]

South Carolina State Representative Leola Robinson-Simpson: "Congratulations to Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson! We are so proud of her this day. We have a long way to go but we've come a long way. #WinWithBlackWomen" [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Tennessee State House Democratic Leader Karen Camper: "Congratulations, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, on your Supreme Court nomination! We can't wait to see the amazing work you will do, and we will be here to support you along the way. #WinWithBlackWomen #SheWillRise" [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Tennessee State Senator Raumesh Akbari: "HERstory has been made! As an 8th grader I remember visiting the #SCOTUS, thinking of the possibilities! As a black woman lawyer, this historic nomination is a dream realized! Thank you @POTUS! KBJ is more than qualified and is a tremendous choice." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Tennessee State Senator Raumesh Akbari: "Thank you @POTUS for nominating Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson- one of our nation's best legal minds- to the #SCOTUS. #KBJ has exceptional credentials, unimpeachable character, & unwavering dedication to the rule of law. I urge the Senate to quickly confirm. #SheWillRise #HERstory" [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Tennessee State Representative John Ray Clemmons: "Yes! Thank you, @POTUS." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Tennessee State Representative Sam McKenzie: "President Biden has nominated one of our nation's brightest legal minds to the Supreme Court. Congratulations to Ketanji Brown Jackson on her historic nomination!" [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Tennessee State Representative London Lamar: "I am full of joy! Judge Jackson is an outstanding and overly qualified nominee for the Supreme Court and I hope the US Senate confirms her nomination!" [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Texas State Senator Cesar Blanco: "Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson has one of our nation's brightest legal minds, exceptional credentials, unimpeachable character & unwavering dedication to the rule of law. I'm in full support of President Bidens historic nomination of her to the US Supreme Court #JudgeJackson #SCOTUS" [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Texas State Representative Victoria Neave: "Judge Jackson was a star student but told not to set her sights too high by a guidance counselor when she said she wanted to go to Harvard. Too often women are told to set their sights lower. This historic nomination from @POTUS shows young girls that no dream is too big." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Vermont State Senator Kesha Ram Hinsdale: "The first Defender General and "…the first Black woman selected to serve on a court that once declared her race unworthy of citizenship and endorsed segregation." Not just qualified, but needed on the highest court in the land in order to form a more perfect union. #SCOTUS" [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Virginia State Senate President Louise Lucas: "Wonderful news! Besides making an excellent appointment, I applaud President Biden for doing the right thing and honoring his commitment to do what no other president has tried to do." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Virginia State House Democratic Leader Eileen Filler-Corn: ". @POTUS ' nomination of Judge Brown Jackson puts forth an accomplished, brilliant, qualified nominee. If confirmed, she would also make history as the first Black woman on our Supreme Court, which is long overdue. It is my hope the Senate will confirm this incredible nominee." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Virginia State Delegate Kathy Tran: "Congratulations to Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on her historic nomination to the US Supreme Court! I am eager to see such an imminently qualified Black woman take her seat on our nation's highest court. This moment is long overdue. ?" [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Virginia State Delegate Charniele Herring: "Exciting news! Judge Jackson clerked for retiring Justice Stephen Breyer and will be President Biden's nominee to the Supreme Court. Once confirmed she will be the first Black woman on the Supreme Court" [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Wisconsin State Senator Chris Larson: "President Biden's historic appointment of Ketanji Brown Jackson to the United States Supreme Court today is a long overdue step on the road to equality." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

County & Local Elected Officials

Algonkian District, VA Supervisor Juli Briskman: "It's KBJ time." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Dekalb County, GA Commissioner Larry Johnson: "Very proud moment in history! Thank you @POTUS" [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Eerie County, NY Executive Mark Poloncarz: "Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is an outstanding choice to join the US Supreme Court. In addition to being the first Black woman named to the court, she has an exemplary legal background, including as a public defender, that will bring a much needed different viewpoint to the court." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Harris County, TX Commissioner Rodney Ellis: "Today we celebrate President Biden's historic nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, one of our nation's brightest legal minds, to the Supreme Court. Judge Jackson has broad experience across the legal profession – as a federal appellate judge, a federal district court judge, a member of the U.S> Sentencing Commission, an attorney in private practice, and as a federal public defender. The Senate has confirmed Judge Jackson on a bipartisan basis three times – most recently last year for her current seat. If confirmed, she will be the first Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court. Judge Jackson is an outstanding nominee for Supreme Court,, and the Senate should move forward with a fair and timely confirmation and hearing. [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Hennepin County, MN Commissioner Debbie Goettel: "Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is extraordinarily qualified and ready to serve. She will be the first Black woman and first public defender in the Court's history." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Loudoun County, VA Supervisor Phyllis Randall: "Sometimes just one great thing will make my entire day better. [Image of KBJ]" [Tweet, 2/25/22]

New York City Council Member Gale Brewer: "I am delighted to see President Biden elevate Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson as a nominee for the Supreme Court. This is a historic moment and we ought to reflect on and celebrate the significance." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Mercer County, WV Commissioner Greg Puckett: Achieving balance and positive social discourse means strengthening our courts with diversity, equity and inclusion. By removing politics and focusing on facts/logic, I support of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to serve on the Supreme Court. #Counties need balance! [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Milwaukee County, WI Executive David C. Crowley: "I applaud @POTUS on the selection of this eminently qualified jurist." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Philadelphia Councilmember Derek Green: "President Biden is nominating one of our nation's brightest legal minds to the Supreme Court. Congratulations Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson!" [Tweet, 2/25/22]

San Francisco City Attorney David Chiu: "Thrilled by the nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. She brings not only brilliance, character, & integrity to the U.S. Supreme Court, but her confirmation will make history. It's about time." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Tribal Leaders

Keith Michael Harper, Former Ambassador of the UN Human Rights Council, Citizen of the Cherokee Nation: "Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson (former Breyer clerk) is exceptionally well-qualified. I've litigated before her and #POTUS is correct she is among the brightest legal minds in the Nation. Plus the historic nature of this nomination cannot be overstated. Confirm her forthwith." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Central Council Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska: "For more than two centuries, the U.S. Supreme Court has had a pivotal role in shaping federal law and policy toward tribal governments and Indigenous people," said President Richard Chalyee Éesh Peterson. "Judge Jackson is not only an exceptionally qualified nominee, she is an historic nominee, and we look forward to learning more about her through the hearing and confirmation process. The Supreme Court's decisions shape real opportunities in Native communities and we hope she understands the profound impact it has on the lives of Alaska Native and American Indian people and our way of life." [Press Release, 2/25/22]

Intergovernmental Affairs Organizations

African American Mayors Association: "African American Mayors Association applauds nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court" [Tweet, 2/25/22]
"Black Mayors across the country applaud President Biden's excellent choice to nominate Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to make history as the first Black woman to serve as a Supreme Court Justice." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Democratic Municipal Officials: "A much needed addition to the Court! Let's do our part to make history with her nomination." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Democratic Governors Association Chair Governor Roy Cooper: "In selecting Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, President Biden has chosen a nominee to serve on the Supreme Court whose integrity, character, and credentials in upholding the rule of law are extraordinary and who will make history as the first Black woman to serve on our nation's highest court.

"A former public defender, Judge Jackson's unique breadth of legal experience will provide a vital perspective to the court, helping to ensure that America's judicial system is fair and just to those it represents — from the top down. Given the widespread praise she has received from both sides of the aisle in her long and outstanding career, I anticipate Judge Jackson receiving nothing less in her swift confirmation in the Senate."

"Judge Jackson's confirmation to the Supreme Court will also be essential to safeguarding fundamental rights like the right to vote and the right to choose — two areas where Democratic governors continue to serve as critical roadblocks to the ongoing attempts to dismantle these freedoms.

"Whether in governor's mansions or on Supreme Court benches, it's absolutely critical that Americans see themselves in their leaders. Today is a historic day that brings us even closer to that goal." [Press Release, 2/25/22]

Democratic Mayors Association: "Thank you, @POTUS , for reaffirming your commitment to judicial diversity and helping our institutions be more reflective of the American public. We welcome the nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson and urge the Senate to move quickly in the confirmation process." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Democratic Attorneys Generals (DAGA): BREAKING >> "We proudly support President Biden's historic nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson... With her years of experience serving as a public defender & a federal district judge, [she] is extremely qualified to join our nation's highest court." [Tweet, 2/25/22]

DAGA Co-Chairs Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford and Delaware Attorney General Kathy Jennings: "We proudly support President Biden's historic nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court. With her years of experience serving as a public defender and a federal district judge, Judge Jackson is extremely qualified to join our nation's highest court.

"From voting rights, to reproductive rights, to safeguarding our democracy, the Supreme Court is an essential component in upholding the United States Constitution and protecting these freedoms for all Americans. For years, Judge Jackson has worked to ensure equal justice under the law and has proven herself to be an exceptional jurist. We are confident that she will make an outstanding Supreme Court Justice.

"Now that a nominee has been named, we are calling on the U.S. Senate to move through the confirmation process expeditiously and put Judge Jackson on the bench." [Press Release, 2/25/22]

National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO): "JUST IN: NALEO congratulates Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson for her nomination to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. The historic nomination of the first Black woman to serve in this role is an overdue moment for America. Read statement from CEO @ArturoNALEO ?? https://bit.ly/pr022522" [Tweet, 2/25/22]

National Black Caucus of State Legislators: "We applaud @POTUS for his nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to serve as the first Black woman in the nation's highest court."[Tweet, 2/25/22]

National Organization of Black Elected Legislative (NOBEL) Women, President Juandalynn Givan: "Last month, the National Organization of Black Elected Legislative (NOBEL) Women joined other Black women leaders asking President Biden to honor his campaign promise of diversifying the United States Supreme Court. Today's announcement of the nomination of US Circuit Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is just the beginning of this historic journey. As the first African American woman nominated for the country's highest court, Judge Brown Jackson is a stellar example for Black and Brown girls around the world. NOBEL Women stand ready to support the Biden-Harris Administration and will work with our partners to ensure that Judge Brown Jackson is confirmed and seated on the U.S. Supreme Court." (STATEMENT)

NewDEAL Leaders CEO Debbie Cox Bultan: "On behalf of the NewDEAL network of state and local leaders across the country, I congratulate Judge Jackson and commend President Biden for selecting an exceptional nominee with a breadth of experiences working in our justice system. At a time when state and local officials are on the frontlines of a struggle for our democracy, Judge Jackson's unwavering commitment to the rule of law and our democratic values will make her a welcome addition to our highest court.

"NewDEAL Leaders also recognize the importance of having leadership that reflects the diverse experiences of the people they represent, and the confirmation of the first Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court would represent an incredible milestone in our ongoing quest to become a more just country.

"I urge the Senate to swiftly take up consideration of this nomination and hope that she will garner the widespread support that a jurist of her character, credentials, and judgment has earned." [Press Release, 2/25/22]

National Democratic County Officials: "The National Democratic County Officials are proud Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson has been nominated to the US Supreme Court. Judge Brown has both broad legal experience and lived experience that serve the public well. @POTUS" [Tweet, 2/25/22]

Joseph R. Biden, WHAT THEY ARE SAYING: State, Local, Tribal Elected Officials Support Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson for Nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/354640

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