President Joe Biden has nominated Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court, calling her “one of the nation’s brightest legal minds”.
She will be the first black woman to serve in the court’s 232-year history if confirmed.
She would replace liberal Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer when he retires at the end of the court’s term in June.
Ms Jackson is a federal appeals judge, who has worked as a public defender.
“Judge Jackson is an exceptionally qualified nominee as well as an historic nominee, and the Senate should move forward with a fair and timely hearing and confirmation,” the White House said in a statement on Friday.
With the Senate divided 50-50 between the parties, Democrats have just enough votes to confirm President Biden’s choice if they all back her. Vice President Kamala Harris has the deciding vote.
Here are some reactions to her nomination:
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