Justice Stephen Breyer retires from the Supreme Court

The retirement of Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer paves the way for President Biden to appoint a new Supreme Court justice. His pick must be confirmed by the Senate.

While the White House has not released any statements on Biden’s next steps, the President said in past comments that he would nominate a Black woman to the Supreme Court.

Here’s a look at his comments:

February 25, 2020: “We talked about the Supreme Court — I’m looking forward to making sure there’s a Black woman on the Supreme Court to make sure we, in fact, get everyone represented.”

March 15, 2020: “Number one I committed that if I’m elected as president and have the opportunity to appoint someone to the courts, I’ll appoint the first Black woman to the court. It’s required that they have representation now — it’s long overdue,”  

June 30, 2020: “We are putting together a list of African American women who are qualified and have the experience to be on the court. I am not going to release that until we go further down the line in vetting them as well.”