2022 Scorecard Vote
The Senate considered President Biden’s nomination of Ketanji Brown Jackson to serve as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. The Supreme Court exercises extraordinary authority over all areas of public policy at every level of government, including climate, clean water, democracy, and civil rights. Like all federal judges, Supreme Court Justices serve for life, and environmental laws are only as strong as the judges who uphold them. Jackson was previously appointed by President Biden to serve as a Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and by President Obama to serve both as a District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia and as the Vice Chair of the United States Sentencing Commission. During her time at the Sentencing Commission, it took concrete action to reduce mass incarceration and ameliorate longstanding racist sentencing disparities related to the war on drugs. As a District Judge, Jackson issued rulings in favor of disability rights, labor rights, immigrants’ rights, and a congressional subpoena related to the first impeachment investigation of President Trump. Jackson is the first Black woman and first former public defender ever to serve on the Supreme Court, and the first Supreme Court nominee in decades to have been confirmed by the Senate on three prior occasions. On April 7, the Senate confirmed Jackson to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States by a vote of 53-47 (Senate Roll Call Vote 134). YES IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE.