Thursday’s announcement by President Joe Biden was a fulfillment of an election promise.
He made the announcement while praising Justice Stephen Breyer’s legacy, who earlier this week announced that he would be retiring from the nation’s highest court.
“Our process is going to be rigorous. I will select the nominee worthy of Justice Breyer’s legacy of excellence and decency,” Biden said.
“The person I will nominate will be someone of extraordinary qualifications, character, experience and integrity. And that person will be the first Black woman ever nominated to the United States Supreme Court.”
He said it is a nomination. “long overdue.”
This week, intense speculation erupted about the replacement for Breyer after Breyer’s resignation. The conversation on social media included Anita Hill, a law professor and Vice President Kamala Harris. Anita Hill also accused Justice Clarence Thomas (who was nominated for the position) of sexual harassment.
Top contenders for Breyer’s seat include Ketanji Brown Jackson, 51, a former law clerk to Breyer, and current member of U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, District of Columbia.
Other possibilities include Leondra Kruger, 45, who serves on the California Supreme Court, and J Michelle Childs, who serves on South Carolina’s federal court.