President Joe Biden announced on Thursday that he would nominate a Black woman to the Supreme Court after it was revealed that Justice Stephen Breyer would be retiring, USA Today reports.

Biden commended Breyer’s service as a liberal jurist, saying he was a “model public servant,” and pledged to nominate a Black woman to fill the vacancy, according to USA Today.

The president plans to announce a candidate by the end of February and said his objective is to meet with potential nominees once he reviews the details of their former cases.

He added that he wants to have a "historic candidate" who is "worthy of Justice Breyer's legacy."

“The president has stated and reiterated his commitment to nominating a Black woman to the Supreme Court and certainly stands by that,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said during a news conference, according to BBC.