Georgia U.S. Sens. Ossoff, Warnock react to Biden pick for Supreme Court

Both of Georgia’s U.S. senators said they look forward to the chance to meet with Ketanji Brown Jackson, the woman President Joe Biden nominated Friday to serve on the Supreme Court.

If she is confirmed, Jackson would become the first Black woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Sen. Jon Ossoff is a member of the Judiciary Committee, which will hold hearings on Brown’s nomination before deciding whether to recommend her for full Senate approval.

“I look forward to meeting with Judge Jackson soon and seeing her before the Senate Judiciary Committee, where I will perform my Constitutional duties of advice and consent with diligence and care,” Ossoff said in a statement.

Brown, 51, was confirmed last year to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, often considered a steppingstone to the high court. Prior to that, she served as a U.S. district judge for the District of Columbia.

Biden appointed Jackson to replace retiring Justice Stephen Breyer.

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said he was keeping an open mind but criticized Jackson’s limited experience on the appellate court and said she was the “favored choice of far-left dark-money groups.”

Sen. Raphael Warnock described Jackson’s nomination as a historic one that should be applauded and taken seriously.

“Georgians want a nominee who is fair, qualified and has a proven record of protecting Americans’ constitutional rights and freedoms,” he said. “I look forward to reviewing this nomination.”