LOS ANGELES – President Joe Biden on Friday nominated Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Supreme Court. She was elevated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit last year, and is the first Black woman ever nominated to the nation’s highest court.

Thomas A. Saenz, president and general counsel issued the following statement about the nomination of Judge Jackson to the Supreme Court:

“Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson has impeccable credentials to serve on our nation’s highest Court.  Her many years of judicial and lawyerly service demonstrate that she is exceptionally well-qualified to serve as a Supreme Court Justice.  Therefore, we should hear no more of the noxious statements and questions, mired in the muck of racism and sexism, to which our nation has been subjected since the Court vacancy made clear the likelihood that the United States would soon have its first Black woman justice.

“Judge Jackson would also join Justice Sonia Sotomayor as the first two justices who have personal experience with the searing and injurious injustices that the poisonous mixture of racism and sexism in our country continues to inflict on all women of color.  That is a welcome and new coalition of two on our highly unrepresentative Court.

“MALDEF organizational policy requires now a thorough analysis of the nominee’s demonstrated awareness and understanding of the legal issues of greatest import to the U.S. Latino population.  If confirmed, Judge Jackson will likely be serving on the Court for decades into the future, when an even greater proportion of the issues coming to the Court will relate to the large and growing Latino community.  We look forward to completing that analysis and taking a MALDEF position on Judge Jackson’s confirmation as the Senate moves to efficiently address her nomination.”