Tester Statement on Confirmation of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson
U.S. Senator Jon Tester today released the following statement after voting to confirm Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to be an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court:
“During this confirmation process, I made clear that Judge Jackson had to show a strong commitment to upholding the rule of law and defending Montanans’ constitutional rights before she earned my support. She has demonstrated that she is extremely qualified to serve on the Supreme Court and has a deep understanding of the Second Amendment, antitrust enforcement for consolidation in the agriculture industry, issues around whether corporations should be considered people under the law, and other questions important to Montanans. She will be an impartial jurist who decides cases based on the facts presented, not on any personal ideology, which is why I was proud to join Republicans and Democrats in voting for her confirmation.”
In a personal meeting with Judge Jackson that was offered to both of Montana’s Senators, Tester questioned Judge Jackson on a number of topics of concern to Montanans, including her commitment to upholding the Second Amendment, and her views on corporate agriculture consolidation, country of origin labeling for American beef, dark money in politics, public safety and Tribal sovereignty.
Judge Jackson has previously been confirmed by the Senate three times, each by bipartisan margins and twice unanimously. She has received the endorsements of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Fraternal order of Police, and 83 Republican and Democratic former attorneys general.