But as the camera circled the room, there was only one Republican senator cheering too: Mitt Romney of Utah.
Romney was one of three GOP senators who had voted moments earlier to confirm Jackson, along with Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Susan Collins (Maine). He appeared to be the only Republican, however, who was keen to stay and celebrate Jackson’s confirmation.
Here’s a clip of Romney standing by himself amid rows of empty seats on the Republican side of the Senate chamber. He cheered with Senate aides lined up against the wall behind him as the GOP lawmakers including Ted Cruz (Texas) and Mike Lee (Utah) rushed out of the room.
Romney’s support for Jackson came as a surprise. In June, unlike Murkowski and Collins, he voted against his confirmation to his seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.
Utah Senator told reporters on Tuesday that he decided to vote for Jackson this time around because the more he knew about her, the more he came to believe that she would be a strong and unbiased judge.
“In her previous confirmation vote, I had concerns about whether or not she was in the mainstream,” Romney said. “And after spending time with her personally and reviewing her testimony before Congress, [I] has become convinced that she is in the mainstream.