“During her tenure as a judge, she has shown her dedication to keeping our communities safe and serving the interests of justice,” Henninger added. “We believe Justice Jackson’s years of experience have shown that she has the temperament and qualifications to become the next Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.”
The approval comes a week before Jackson’s committee hearings begin. A number of Republican senators have questioned Jackson’s track record as a public defender, calling her soft on crime.
When Biden announced Jackson as his nominee, he highlighted his family connection to law enforcement as well as his experience as a public defender. If confirmed, Jackson would be the first public defender to serve on the Supreme Court. Aside from Judge Sonia Sotomayor, Jackson would be the only other judge on the court with experience as a trial judge.
Jackson sought to get ahead of potential criticism from Republicans when she stood with Biden as her nomination was announced.
“You may have read that I have an uncle who got caught up in the drug trade and got a life sentence,” Jackson said. “It’s true, but law enforcement also runs in my family. In addition to my brother, I had two uncles who served for decades as police officers, one of whom became chief of police in my hometown of Miami, Florida.
The IACP is the largest professional association for police chiefs and has 31,000 members in more than 165 countries. Jackson has also been endorsed by the Fraternal Order of Police, dozens of police and sheriff chiefs and 83 former Republican and Democratic attorneys general.
The White House aims to garner bipartisan support for Jackson, often citing her backing from three Republicans when she was confirmed last year to her current role on the DC Circuit Court of Appeals. But Senator Lindsey Graham, who backed her at the time, is now denouncing Jackson as a “radical left” candidate.
Since his appointment, Jackson has met with key senators on the Judiciary Committee under former Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.). Biden remains in frequent contact with senators to boost his nominee, calling Senator Susan Collins at least three times since Justice Stephen Breyer announced his retirement.