Updated Mar 30, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Susan Collins ​says she will vote to confirm Ketanji Brown Jackson

Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson meets with Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) on March 8.

Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson meets with Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) on March 8. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) said that she plans to vote to confirm Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court.

Why it matters: The senator from Maine is the first Republican to announce her intent to back President Biden's nominee.

Driving the news: "After reviewing Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s extensive record, watching much of her hearing testimony, and meeting with her twice in person, I have concluded that she possesses the experience, qualifications, and integrity to serve as an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court," Collins said in a statement on Wednesday.

  • "I will, therefore, vote to confirm her to this position," she added.

The big picture: Collins told the New York Times that she decided to support Jackson's confirmation after the pair met on Tuesday afternoon.

  • The GOP lawmaker revealed she had been reassured that Jackson would not be "bending the law to meet a personal preference," per the Times, which first wrote about Collins' decision.

What she's saying: "In my meetings with Judge Jackson, we discussed in depth several issues that were raised in her hearing ... And just as I have disagreed with some of her decisions to date, I have no doubt that, if Judge Jackson is confirmed, I will not agree with every vote that she casts as a Justice," Collins said.

  • "That alone, however, is not disqualifying. Indeed, that statement applies to all six Justices ... whom I have voted to confirm."

Editor's note: This is a developing story and has been updated throughout.

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