This morning, the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museumunveiled the first bobblehead of Ketanji Brown Jackson. Ketanji Brown Jackson was sworn in as the 116th Supreme Court Justice on June 30th after being confirmed by the Senate on April 7th, 2022. Making history, she will be the first Black woman to sit on the bench. The special edition bobblehead is being produced by the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum.
In addition, the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum released the first series of publicly available Supreme Court bobbleheads which include 16 other current and former Supreme Court Justices. Those bobbleheads are available for pre-order and are expected to ship in December. The list includes Samuel Alito, Stephen Breyer, Neil Gorsuch, Elena Kagan, Brett Kavanaugh, Anthony Kennedy, Thurgood Marshall, Sandra Day O’Connor, William Rehnquist, John Roberts, Antonin Scalia, Sonia Sotomayor, David Souter, John Paul Stevens, Clarence Thomas, and Earl Warren. They join Ketanji Brown Jackson and previously released bobbleheads of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Amy Coney Barrett. The smiling Ketanji Brown Jackson bobblehead, with her arms crossed, is dressed in her judge’s robe. Standing on a base bearing her name, she is standing in front of a replica of the U.S. Supreme Court Building. Each bobblehead is individually numbered to the year each justice was sworn in. The bobbleheads are only available through the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum’s Online Store. Ketanji Brown Jackson’s bobbleheads are expected to ship in September while the others are expected to ship in December. All bobbleheads in the series are $30 each plus a flat-rate shipping charge of $8 per order.
Born Ketanji Onyika Brown in Washington, D.C., Jackson grew up in the Miami, Florida, area and graduated from Miami Palmetto Senior High School. In her high school yearbook, she is quoted saying that she “(wanted) to go into law and eventually have a judicial appointment.” Jackson went on to study government at Harvard University and graduated magna cum laude. After working as a staff reporter and researcher for Time magazine, she attended Harvard Law School and served as the editor for the Harvard Law Review. She graduated with a Juris Doctor cum laude in 1996.
The Senate has confirmed Judge Jackson three times. She was confirmed to the U.S. Sentencing Commission in 2009. She received bipartisan support for her appointment to the District of Columbia Circuit Court in 2013 and unanimous support for her appointment to the District of Columbia District Court in 2021. The District of Columbia Circuit Court is widely considered the second-most import court in the U.S. Multiple Supreme Court Justices, including former Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Chief Justice John Roberts, served on the circuit court prior to their appointments to the Supreme Court. Jackson was sworn in as an associate justice after Justice Stephen Breyer retired at the end of the court’s term on June 30, 2022.
Married to Peter Jackson, a surgeon at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, and the mother of daughters Talia (21) and Leila (17), Ketanji Brown Jackson is related to former Speaker of the House Paul Ryan through marriage (Peter Jackson is the twin brother of Ryan’s brother-in-law). Peter Jackson is a descendent of Continental Congress delegate Jonathan Jackson and is related to Oliver Wendell Holmes, who served as a U.S. Supreme Court Justice from 1902 to 1932.
“We are excited to release this bobblehead of Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson,” National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum co-founder and CEO Phil Sklar said. “When the Senate voted to confirm Judge Jackson, history was made. We celebrate the momentous day in the 233-year history of the Supreme Court. In addition, we wanted to provide the public with the chance to collect bobbleheads representing the Supreme Court justices that have a very influential impact on our lives given their roles in our government and the impact their decisions have.”