(CNN) — Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson highlighted her family and her faith as part of her presentation to lawmakers during her Supreme Court confirmation hearings.
“Even before today, I can honestly say that my life has been blessed beyond measure,” Jackson, 51, said Monday before expressing his gratitude and love for various members of his family.
Here’s who’s who among Jackson’s family:
Jackson met her husband, Patrick, in college and the two have been married for 25 years. They live in Washington, DC, with their daughters.
Dr. Patrick Jackson is a surgeon at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.
As the Supreme Court nominee referenced her husband on Monday, he could be seen wiping tears from his eyes.
“I have no doubt that without him by my side from the very beginning of this incredible professional journey, none of this would have been possible,” she said.
Leila and Talia Jackson
Jackson’s daughters were seated in the audience Monday next to their father. Leila Jackson, 17, wore a lavender costume and her older sister Talia Jackson, 21, had a black print dress and matching face mask.
When she was 11, Leila wrote a letter to former President Barack Obama regarding her mother’s nomination to the Supreme Court.
Jackson addressed her daughters in her opening statement, saying, “Girls, I know it hasn’t been easy as I’ve tried to deal with the challenges of juggling my career and my motherhood. And I confess that I haven’t always found the right balance. But I hope you have seen that with hard work, determination and love, it can be done. I am so looking forward to see what each of you chooses to do with your amazing life in this amazing country.
Johnny and Ellery Brown
Johnny and Ellery Brown, Jackson’s parents, have been married for 54 years.
Both from Miami, they grew up in the Jim Crow South, attended separate elementary schools, before graduating from historically black colleges and universities, according to his White House biography. They settled in DC and both worked as teachers in public schools.
“When I was born here in Washington, my parents were public school teachers, and to express both pride in their heritage and hope for the future, they gave me an African name -” Ketanji Onyika ‘, which they were told meant ‘adorable’,” Jackson recalled in his opening statement. “My parents taught me that, unlike the many obstacles they faced growing up, my path was clearer, so that if I worked hard and believed in myself, in America, I could do anything or be anything I wanted to be. ”
After Jackson was born, the family moved back to Miami so Johnny could earn his law degree from the University of Miami Law School.
Jackson attributed his interest in law to his father, recalling in his opening remarks: “My earliest memories are of watching my father study – he had his stack of law books on the kitchen table as I sat in front of him with my stack of coloring books.”
There is a 10-year age gap between Jackson and his younger brother Ketajh, who was at Monday’s hearing sitting next to their parents.
After graduating from Howard University, Ketajh worked as an undercover narcotics recovery officer with the Baltimore City Police Department.
Following the September 11 attacks, Ketajh joined the Maryland National Guard, became an infantry officer, and was deployed twice to the Middle East.
Ketajh is currently a partner in the Chicago office of the law firm K&L Gates.
Former Speaker of the House Paul Ryan
On Monday, Jackson also saluted his “large extended family,” which includes a notable DC politician: former House speaker and longtime Republican Representative Paul Ryan.
Ryan, who was a speaker from 2015 to 2019, is related to Brown by marriage. His wife’s sister, Dana, is married to Patrick Jackson’s twin brother, William.
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