Democrats, who for the first time in eight years barely control the Senate, are eager to turn the page from the Trump-era. Senator Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., Member of the judiciary committee, said Democrats “prioritize diversity” not only in terms of race and ethnicity, but also in terms of careers.
Blumenthal said Biden made a good start on that front. “They are all highly skilled and important as their academic and professional qualifications are, they look like America,” he said.
For his part, Jackson joined the committee in 2012 for her current job. She was introduced by Republican Paul Ryan, who later became Speaker of the House of Representatives and is related to her by marriage. “Well our policies may be different, but my praise for Ketanji’s intellect, for her character, for her integrity is clear,” Ryan said at the time.
Regarding the question of whether there could be an opening of the Supreme Court in the near future, Judge Stephen Breyer, 82, the oldest member of the court, has ruled on any pension plan. The last thing he had to say in an interview published in December on the subject was, “I mean, someday I’ll retire, sure I will. And it’s hard to know exactly when. “
Still, liberal groups have called on the court’s highest liberal judiciary to step down, while Democrats have Vice President Kamala Harris to break the tie in a 50:50 split in the Senate. And it becomes that time of year when judges often announce their retirement.