News Release
For Immediate Release
April 7, 2022
NR 22-03
Contact: Regina Evans

Statement of Board of Equalization Chair Malia M. Cohen on the Confirmation of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court

Sacramento – California State Board of Equalization Chair Malia M. Cohen released the following statement today on the U.S. Senate's confirmation of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Supreme Court:

"I celebrate with great pride the monumental confirmation of Judge Jackson as the first Black woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court.

This historic confirmation is a significant step to ensure that the Supreme Court reflects our great nation. It is not easy to be the first to break barriers, but Judge Jackson has shattered a glass ceiling to serve this country at the highest court.

As Black women, we stand on the shoulders of Black heroes who came before us and fought for the rights we have today. Judge Jackson is an inspiration to me and future generations, like my daughter, who will know that achieving greatness is within their reach."

State Board of Equalization Chair Malia M. Cohen represents nearly 10 million constituents residing in 23 counties in Northern and Central California, extending from Del Norte County in the north to Santa Barbara County in the south. Board Chair Cohen is the youngest Constitutional Officer serving in California.

The Board of Equalization is California's statewide elected tax board. Its five members include four members elected in districts, and the State Controller. Under its constitutional mandate, the BOE oversees the assessment practices of the state's 58 county assessors, who are charged with establishing values for approximately 13.6 million assessments each year. In addition, the BOE assesses the property of regulated railroads and specific public utilities, and is responsible for the alcoholic beverage tax and tax on insurers.

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