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Ketanji Brown Jackson has been confirmed as the first black woman to serve on the United States Supreme Court in its 233-year history.

The judge won her seat following a 53-47 vote in the US Senate, after a deadlock in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Judge Jackson, 51, will also be the first former public defender to serve on the court and the third black judge to serve.

The United States Supreme Court has had only two black justices – both men – Thurgood Marshall and Clarence Thomas.

The African-American federal appeals judge was appointed by US President Joe Biden in February, to replace liberal Justice Stephen Breyer, who is due to retire at the end of his term.

Before she joins the bench, the Supreme Court must rule on major cases, including one that could overturn the landmark 1973 ruling that legalized abortion nationwide and another that could expand gun rights. fire.

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