President Joe Biden said on Thursday that, for the first time in history, he will nominate a Black lady to the US Supreme Court to fill the empty position created by retiring Justice Stephen Breyer.
President Joe Biden is considering US District Court Judge J. Michelle Childs for a Supreme Court nomination, according to a White House official on Friday.
Judge Childs Is The Forerunner
Judge Childs may succeed Stephen Breyer, who announced on January 27 that he will leave the Supreme Court at the end his term in June.
He has vowed to appoint the first Black lady to the Supreme Court, and he is anticipated to choose from a list of approximately ten candidates, meeting with them as early as next week.
Biden nominated Judge Childs to the prestigious United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit last month, but she has been put on hold while she is being considered for the Supreme Court.
Biden’s list is reported to include federal Judge Ketanji B Jackson, Justice Leondra K from CA Supreme Court, and famed civil rights lawyer Sherrilyn I, who leads the Educational Fund and NAACP Legal Defense.
The comment came after the Senate Judiciary Committee postponed a scheduled hearing on Judge Childs’ nomination to the D.C. Circuit on Tuesday.
James Clyburn, the third-ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives, who is close to Biden, has backed Childs, whose federal district court is in South Carolina.
The president has assembled a team to assist him in making his decision, which he intends to make public by the end of February.