Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine will vote to confirm President Biden’s Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson, she said in a March 30 statement, the first GOP senator to do so.
“After reviewing Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s full brief, watching much of her testimony and meeting with her twice in person, I have concluded that she has the experience, qualifications and integrity to serve as an associate justice of the Supreme Court,” Collins said in her statement. “I will therefore vote to confirm her in this position.”
She first informed The New York Times of her decision to support Jackson before releasing a statement. Jackson’s confirmation had been all but assured after it was announced last month that moderate Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia would vote for her, but Collins’ support means her confirmation will be bipartisan.
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina announced March 31 that he would not vote for Jackson, despite supporting his nomination for a confirmed Senate post last year.
“I will oppose her and vote no,” Graham said in a speech to the Senate.
Graham, who is a member of the Judiciary Committee, had signaled that he would likely vote against the Supreme Court nomination and asked Jackson some very critical questions during his confirmation hearings before the panel.
Last week, when announcing he would oppose the nomination, the senator said: ‘My decision is based on his record of judicial activism, flawed sentencing methodology regarding child pornography cases and a belief that the Judge Jackson will not be deterred by the plain meaning of the law. when it comes to liberal causes.
GOP Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri announced Sunday that he would oppose Jackson’s nomination.
“I think it’s definitely going to be confirmed,” he said on ABC’s “This Week.” “I think it will be a highlight for the country to see her take to the court and bring her unique perspective to the court. But I don’t think she’s the kind of judge who will really do the kind of job that I think the court needs to do it and I won’t support her, but I will join others and understand the importance of this moment.”
Republican Senator Mitt Romney told reporters last week that he did not expect to reveal his decision until the day of the confirmation vote.
“Once I make a decision on what I’m going to do in this vote, you’ll see that, but it’s probably not until the day of the vote itself,” he said.
After the meeting with Jackson, Romney said in a statement that they “had a broad discussion about his experience and qualifications.”
“She’s a very impressive person. She’s smart, capable, she’s also a lovely person, and I think of her a lot,” Romney later told CNN. law is something I will continue to work on.”
When the Senate voted to confirm Jackson last year to fill a vacancy on a powerful DC-based appeals court, three Republican senators voted with the Democrats in favor: Graham, Collins and Lisa Murkowski of the ‘Alaska. As a result, these three Republicans were closely watched during the confirmation process.