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Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer to Retire, Handing Biden Chance to Nominate Replacement

HeadlineJan 27, 2022

Justice Stephen Breyer is planning to retire from the Supreme Court after 27 years of service. Breyer’s retirement gives President Biden his first chance to nominate a Supreme Court justice but will not change the ideological makeup of the court’s 6-3 conservative majority. At 83, Breyer is the court’s oldest justice. He faced intense pressure to retire ahead of November’s midterm elections while Democrats still control the Senate. On Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Biden’s nominee would receive a prompt hearing. As a candidate, Biden vowed to appoint the first Black woman to the Supreme Court.

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