Breyer retirement lays groundwork for historic nomination of first Black woman to Supreme Court

Written by on January 26, 2022

WASHINGTON – Associate Justice Stephen Breyer’s expected retirement this yr fingers President Joe Biden an opportunity to make Supreme Courtroom historical past by fulfilling a marketing campaign pledge that was central to his election: naming a Black woman to the nation’s highest court for the primary time. 

Biden raised the thought of selecting a Black girl throughout a debate earlier than the presidential primary in South Carolina on Feb. 29, 2020. As his marketing campaign struggled after losses in Iowa and New Hampshire, the pitch resonated with Black voters and possibly contributed to his win in South Carolina – fueling his path to the nomination. 


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