U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) Friday issued the following statement regarding the nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to be an Associate Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.
“I congratulate Judge Jackson on being the first African American woman nominated to serve on the Supreme Court,” Hyde-Smith said.
“The advice and consent role of the U.S. Senate under the Constitution is a vital part of the incredibly important responsibility of filling a seat on the nation’s highest court, and I take this duty very seriously.
“I look forward to meeting Judge Jackson in person as part of a careful evaluation of her background, record, and judicial philosophy. I believe Supreme Court justices must be wholly committed to faithfully upholding our Constitution and the laws of our nation, and should not be activists on the bench.”
Jackson’s nomination represents the third Supreme Court vacancy to occur since Hyde-Smith became a U.S. Senator for Mississippi. She previously supported the confirmation of Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh and Justice Amy Coney Barrett.