Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, may hail from one of the most conservative states in the country, but he joined centrist Republican colleagues Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska on Monday in saying he’d vote for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to serve as the first Black woman on the Supreme Court.
As reported by The Hill, the 75-year-old lawmaker praised her as “a person of honor.”
Romney has broken from the majority in his party on some notable occasions; for instance, he voted twice to convict former President Trump on impeachment charges. The Hill noted he also played a key role in negotiating a bipartisan infrastructure bill last year.
The outlet said he was taking another significant step toward the political center with his decision to back Johnson’s confirmation to the high court. Democrats had hoped she would win a more significant showing of bipartisan support, but she is expected to be confirmed imminently.
Reuters reported Jackson moved a step closer to being confirmed as a justice on Monday when the Senate voted to break a Judiciary Committee deadlock over her nomination and send it to the full Senate for consideration.
The Senate voted 53-47 to discharge President Joe Biden’s nominee to the Senate floor for a confirmation vote by all 100 senators.
As for Romney’s support, he had this to say, per The Hill: “After reviewing Judge Jackson’s record and testimony, I have concluded that she is a well-qualified jurist and a person of honor. While I do not expect to agree with every decision she may make on the Court, I believe that she more than meets the standard of excellence and integrity.”