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April 7, 2022



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Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke (NY-09) issued the following statement after today’s vote in the U.S. Senate to confirm Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court of the United States:

“These are the moments that make history and I was deeply honored to be a witness to the Senate vote for the confirmation of soon to be sworn-in Associate Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson. It was a historic occasion, personally and to represent the people of the 9th Congressional District of New York. It was a tremendous honor to be there to applaud the 53 – 47 bipartisan vote. President Biden’s nomination of DC Circuit Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the US Supreme Court, is not just timely and necessary, it is a fulfilled promise that is instrumental to a healthy democracy. This historic confirmation is a renewed pledge of America in pursuit of a more just society and I am deeply grateful to bear witness to this change in the winds towards a more equitable and just society. Judge Jackson is a shining example of what this nation can be when we come together, in spite of our differences, to create a country for the good and understanding of all its people. Judge Jackson is the “I Rise” and the “I am” unfolding on the world stage,” said Congresswoman Clarke. 

“President Biden’s decision to nominate a Black woman to serve as the next Supreme Court Associate Justice represents the culmination of centuries of struggles and perseverance, and it is not lost on me that we are all truly blessed to witness this moment in our American history. This momentous occasion also highlights Judge Jackson’s scholarly and legal acumen, her dedication, hard work, commitment and decades of outstanding service on behalf of the American people.”

“Judge Jackson also brings along a wealth of cultural experiences that will fundamentally raise the Supreme Court’s ability to fulfill its purpose: to uphold equal justice for all Americans, regardless of their race, sex, or background. Today, millions of young Black women and girls are endowed with a new understanding of what is possible in this nation. And that is reflective of the transformative power of representation. This extraordinary node in our history chronicles the progress of our shared humanity and unifies us on the Founding Principles of the United States of America. May Justice Jackson be protected and divinely guided in her work in the years to come for all Americans.” said Clarke.


Yvette D. Clarke has been in Congress since 2007. She represents New York’s Ninth Congressional District, which includes Central and South Brooklyn. Clarke is a Senior Member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, where she serves on the Environment and Climate Change Subcommittee, and is a Senior Member of the House Committee on Homeland Security.

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