WASHINGTON — Representative Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, issued the following statement following today’s vote in the U.S. Senate to confirm  Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court of the United States:

“This is truly a joyful day for the country. Judge Jackson is one of the most experienced nominees in decades: a former District Court and Court of Appeals judge, Supreme Court clerk, U.S. Sentencing Commission member, and former public defender. The country saw her poise, grace, thoughtfulness, and brilliance as she handled every part of the confirmation process — including some outrageous attacks from Republican Senators that damaged only their credibility, not hers. She has shown what it means to rise above the nastiness and to bring her history as a judge and her experience as a Black woman to her jurisprudence. She rightfully has earned the admiration and respect of millions across the country. 

“Judge Jackson is a compassionate, thoughtful, and deliberate jurist, deeply dedicated to equal justice under law and the Constitution. She is, in fact, exactly who we need on the Supreme Court — and an exemplary choice to make history as our first Black woman justice.

“The Progressive Caucus joins today in the joy of millions across the country who are celebrating the historic confirmation of Judge Jackson to the United States Supreme Court, and we congratulate the phenomenal soon-to-be Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson.”