Biden Will Get a Chance to Fill a Supreme Court Vacancy

Biden Will Get a Chance to Fill a Supreme Court Vacancy

( – During the 2020 presidential election, then-Democratic candidate Joe Biden said if given the opportunity, he would nominate a black woman to the US Supreme Court. It appears he’s about to get his chance to fill a Supreme Court vacancy.

On Wednesday, January 26, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer announced he’s retiring at the end of the current term early this summer. At 83 years old, Breyer is the most senior member currently presiding and one of the three remaining liberals serving on the nation’s highest court.

President Bill Clinton nominated Breyer in 1994. Legal scholars say Breyer is the least liberal of the court’s three Democratic appointees. Yet, he almost always sides with his liberal colleagues in cases that split the court. Despite the retirement, any nomination by President Biden won’t impact the tilt of the court’s 6-3 Republican-confirmed majority.

On Thursday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said the White House hasn’t mentioned a replacement and does not have a list yet. Regardless, several prominent progressive names are circulating as potential Biden nominees, including DC Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, California Supreme Court Justice Leondra Kruger, US District Judge Michelle Childs and civil rights attorney Sherrilyn Ifill.

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