President Joe Biden has a big decision to make. On Wednesday morning (Jan. 26th), liberal judge Stephen Breyer, who’s served on the bench for 28 years, announced that he was retiring. This gives Biden the opportunity to appoint his first (and probably only) U.S. Supreme Court judge. During the 2020 campaign trail, Biden said that he would make the Supreme Court more diverse, starting with putting a Black woman on the court, in what would be a historic first.
“I am committed that if I’m elected president and have an opportunity to appoint someone to the courts, I’ll appoint the first Black woman to the courts,” Biden said during a March 2020 democratic presidential debate. “It’s required that they have representation now. It’s long overdue.”
(Biden’s words came 40 years after former President Ronald Reagan appointed the first woman to serve on the courts, Sandra Day O’Connor.)
The person I nominate to replace Justice Breyer will be someone with extraordinary qualifications. Character, experience, and integrity.— President Biden (@POTUS) January 27, 2022
And they will be the first Black woman nominated to the United States Supreme Court.