February 25, 2022

Cori Bush Statement on Historic Nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Cori Bush (MO-01), Member of the House Committee on the Judiciary, released the following statement on the historic nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to serve as an Associate Justice on the United States Supreme Court.

“I am proud to witness the long-awaited, long-overdue nomination of the first Black woman to the United States Supreme Court. I applaud President Biden for fulfilling this campaign promise and naming Judge Jackson, a former public defender with a strong track record of advancing civil rights, as our nation’s next Associate Justice. In this court’s 233-year history, all but seven Supreme Court justices have been white. History shows that the appointment of a Black justice with a strong record of affirming constitutional rights is crucial to confronting this country’s many crises. With so much at stake – from voting rights and reproductive justice to immigration protections and our fundamental right to health care – millions more Americans will benefit from the moral clarity and distinctive jurisprudence of Judge Jackson. 

“Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson has committed herself to a longstanding judicial career rooted in integrity. In a moment marked by racial inequity, climate catastrophe, and attacks on civil rights, a track record of moral clarity is crucial - I trust that is what Justice Jackson will bring to the bench. I’m proud to support Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s nomination to the Supreme Court – and I look forward to her swift confirmation by the United States Senate.”

On February 10, Congresswoman Bush led her fellow Black Congresswomen, including CBC Chairwoman Joyce Beatty, in urging President Biden to pick a Supreme Court nominee committed to civil rights, and to ensure that any “nominee reflect a deep and abiding commitment to adjudicate with moral and legal clarity” from the country’s highest court.


Congresswoman Cori Bush sits on the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees, serves as the Progressive Caucus Deputy Whip, and proudly represents St. Louis as a politivist in the halls of the United States Congress.