RICHMOND, VA – Today, Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond) released the following statement regarding the U.S. Senate’s confirmation of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the United States Supreme Court:
“Today, Ketanji Brown Jackson shattered another glass ceiling for Black women in America: the highest court in the land. Judge Jackson will bring her impeccable legal experience and her invaluable lived experience to strengthen the Court for all Americans. When we bring more perspectives to the table, our nation is stronger.
“I thank Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine for their votes and steadfast support for Judge Jackson. This confirmation process has shown how far we’ve come as a country, and how far we still have to go. The vitriolic rhetoric from some Senators against a highly qualified nominee demonstrates the challenges that women – and especially women of color – face in breaking barriers in our nation. Generations forward will remember Judge Jackson’s tremendous strength and courage to get to this historic day.
“Today, there are millions of girls across America watching Ketanji Brown Jackson, and thinking ‘that could be me.’ The history made today isn’t just about breaking a glass ceiling for Black women, it’s about building a ladder to lift up those who follow. This is a momentous day for our nation that will be remembered for years to come.”
Sen. McClellan is the Chair of Virginia’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Commission, and the Vice Chair of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus. She was the first woman to give birth while serving in the Virginia House of Delegates.