The Senate voted 53-47 to confirm the nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson in early April. Jackson is set to become the first Black woman to serve on the country’s highest judicial body.
Following are four key questions about Jackson’s march into the history books, and their answers.
When does Ketanji Brown Jackson start?
Jackson is set to replace Justice Stephen Breyer on the Supreme Court. Breyer is set to retire from the court on Thursday, June 30, after the court releases its final decisions of a consequential, and controversial term.
The court announced late Wednesday that Jackson would be sworn in at noon Eastern time.
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The next Supreme Court term begins on Oct. 3.
What is a Supreme Court associate justice’s salary?
Jackson’s annual salary, like those of the the other associate Supreme Court justices, will be $274,200, according to the U.S. Courts website.
John Roberts, as chief Justice of the United States, will be paid $286,700.
Justices also receive nonmonetary perks for their service. In addition to federal health benefits, many judges have received paid overseas excursions, and the ability to supplement income by giving lectures and speeches, according to a detailed report from Time magazine. Of late they have been afforded additional security.
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Which Republican senators voted in favor of Jackson’s confirmation?
All 48 Democrats in the Senate, as well as the chamber’s two independents, voted yes on Jackson.
Three Republican senators joined them as Jackson secured confirmation to the Supreme Court: Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Mitt Romney of Utah.
Whom is Ketanji Brown Jackson replacing on the Supreme Court?
Jackson will replace Justice Stephen Breyer, who has served on the Supreme Court since the confirmation of his nomination by President Bill Clinton in 1994. Jackson clerked for Breyer during the 1999 Supreme Court term.
Breyer was given a special shout-out during President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address in March, precipitating sustained applause among lawmakers.
Biden spoke at the White House in April to celebrate Jackson’s confirmation, calling it a “moment of real change” for the U.S.
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