Washington, D.C. – Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today spoke on the Senate floor on the nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here:
What do retired conservative judges, a group of 80 retired state attorneys general, the U.S. Black Chambers, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police all share in common? You might ask yourself that question.
Well, they are just a few – just a few – of the many, many groups and individuals that have endorsed Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson for the Supreme Court.
When I met with Judge Jackson a few weeks ago, it was immediately clear why so many different groups have sung her praises: on top of her brilliance, on top of her experience, she is unusually gifted at seeing and appreciating both sides of an argument.
Little surprise, then, that in the course of rendering nearly 550 decisions as a federal district judge, she was rarely reversed by higher courts. In fact, she has been reversed perhaps around a dozen times out of 550 decisions. That’s about 2% of the time.
This week, members from both sides of the aisle will continue meeting with the Judge. I believe under Senator Durbin’s leadership, every member of the Judiciary Committee has had the chance to meet with her. I am confident that any new conclusions my colleagues make about her will keep pointing in one direction: Judge Jackson is brilliant, she is beloved, she belongs on the Supreme Court.
It is worth repeating the “three Bs” over and over again – brilliant, beloved, and belongs – because those words are undoubtedly true as applied to Judge Jackson.