EFEWashington

The US Senate on Thursday confirmed Ketanji Brown Jackson, President Joe Biden's pick for the Supreme Court, making her the first African-American woman to sit on the high court in the 232 years of its history.

Jackson, known colloquially as "KBJ," needed a simple majority to be confirmed but received 53 votes in favor with all 50 Democrats and three moderate Republicans - Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Mitt Romney of Utah - voting for her, while 47 Republican senators voted against her confirmation.

The voting lasted longer than anticipated because GOP Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky was more than 15 minuThe White House said that Jackson watched the vote along with Biden on closed circuit television in the tes late in arriving at the Senate chamber to cast his "no" vote.