Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer to Retire
Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer will retire.
Two sources tell The Associated Press that liberal Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer is retiring, giving President Joe Biden an opening he has pledged to fill by naming the first Black woman to the high court.
Breyer has been a pragmatic force on a court that has grown increasingly conservative in recent years, trying to forge majorities with more moderate justices right and left of center.
Breyer’s departure won’t change the 6-3 conservative advantage on the court, since his replacement will be nominated and almost certainly confirmed by a Senate where Democrats have the slimmest majority.
It also makes conservative Justice Clarence Thomas the oldest member of the court at 73.
The White House declined to immediately comment on the news.
However, in the past, President Biden committed to nominating a black, female justice to the court.
“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,” Biden said in March 2020, when campaigning for the White House.