WALTHAM, MA — Assistant Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Katherine Clark, who serves Waltham and the rest of the 5th Congressional District of Massachusetts, released a statement Friday expressing her support for President Joe Biden's nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court.

"I am thrilled with President Biden's nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to become our newest Supreme Court Justice," said Clark. "Judge Jackson is a graduate of Harvard Law and a former public defender with a strong record of protecting civil rights. Her expertise and experience are critical at this moment when so many of our fundamental rights are hanging in the balance."

"As the first Black female nominee, her selection is historic and a major step forward in our recognition of both the incredible contributions of Black women to our country and the barriers they have faced to keep them out of positions of power," she continued. "I look forward to the Senate's swift confirmation of Judge Jackson and her many future terms as a Justice of the Supreme Court."

If confirmed, Jackson would be the first public defender and Black woman on the bench.

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