With the advice and consent of the United States Senate, the president of the United States appoints the members of the Supreme Court of the United States, which is the highest court of the federal judiciary of the United States. Following his victory in the 2020 presidential election, Democrat Joe Biden took office as president on January 20, 2021. During the 2020 Democratic primary campaign, Biden pledged to appoint a Black woman to the Supreme Court,[1][2][3] although unlike his opponent, Donald Trump, Biden did not release a specific list of potential nominees during the 2020 general election campaign.[4]

In February 2022, Biden selected Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to replace Justice Stephen Breyer, who is retiring at the end of the court's 2022 term.[5][6]

Nomination of Ketanji Brown Jackson

Main article: Ketanji Brown Jackson Supreme Court nomination

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson with President Joe Biden in 2022
Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson with President Joe Biden in 2022

On January 26, 2022, it was reported that Justice Stephen Breyer planned to step down at the end of the court's current term, giving Biden his first opportunity to name a justice to the court.[7] On January 27, Biden reiterated his intention to keep his campaign promise to nominate a Black woman.[8] On February 22, it was reported that Biden had met with his top three contenders, Ketanji Brown Jackson, J. Michelle Childs and Leondra Kruger.[9][10] On February 25, it was announced that Biden would nominate Judge Jackson.[11][6][12][13] On April 7, 2022, Jackson was confirmed by a vote of 53–47.[14]

Names mentioned as likely nominees

Following is a list of individuals who have been mentioned in various news accounts as possible nominees for a Supreme Court appointment under Biden:

Note: Individuals marked with an asterisk would fulfill Biden's commitment that his first nominee be a Black woman.[8]

Bolded individuals have been selected by Biden for the Supreme Court.

United States Courts of Appeals

Courts of Appeals
Courts of Appeals

United States District Courts

State Supreme Courts

State government officials

Academics

Executive branch

Other fields

See also

References

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  22. ^ Roarty, Alex; Chambers, Francesca (January 22, 2022). "Black voters have soured on Biden. Will a SCOTUS vacancy change their view?". McClatchy.
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