WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) today issued the following statement regarding her decision to vote against the confirmation of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to serve as an Associate Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court:

“I cannot in good conscience support the confirmation of Judge Jackson.

“I take seriously my responsibility to weigh the merits of each Supreme Court nominee, including their commitment to fairly interpret the law and not substitute their own judgment for that of Congress or the Constitution.  I am not confident that Judge Jackson meets that standard after having reviewed her record and confirmation proceedings.

“Judge Jackson’s record indicates a readiness to legislate from the bench, at times in a manner that risks some of the basic freedoms that are at the core of our Constitution.  Such activism, for example, has threatened free speech rights and other individual American liberties.

“Judge Jackson may be confirmed to the Supreme Court, but not with my support.  As she assumes her historic role on the Supreme Court, I will pray she commits to a fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.”

Hyde-Smith, who voted against confirming Jackson to the U.S. Court of Appeals in June 2021, issued the statement after meeting with the nominee on March 31 and as Senate Democrats brought the nomination to the full Senate for consideration.