The Senate Judiciary Committee said earlier Friday that it is delaying Childs' nomination hearing because she is on a list of Biden's potential choices to serve on the Supreme Court.
"Judge Childs is among several people being considered for the Supreme Court and we will not move her nomination to the Court of Appeal while the President is considering her for this vacancy," White House spokesman Andrew Bates said in a statement.
"Our process will be rigorous. I will select a nominee worthy of Justice Breyer's legacy of excellence and decency," the president said. "While studying the backgrounds and authorship of the graduates, I have not made any decision except one: The person I want to nominate will be someone with extraordinary qualifications, character, experience and integrity. And that person will be the first black woman ever. nominated to the United States Supreme Court. "
Biden said he will make his choice before the end of February.
A shortlist of potential nominees had circulated in Washington long before Breyer's retirement plans became public, and White House law firm officials filed files on various candidates in anticipation of a potential vacancy.
Childs is one of a number of women said to be on the president's shortlist, including DC Circuit Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, California Supreme Court Justice Leondra Kruger and civil rights lawyer Sherrilyn Ifill.
Childs is a graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law and does not have the Ivy League pedigree, which is shared by eight of the nine referees. Her cheerleaders have hailed her elementary school education and other elements of her background as a benefit to Democrats, according to a 2021 New York Times report, and as a way to fight back against claims that the party has become too elitist in its composition.
In addition to a decade spent in private practice, the 55-year-old served as a state court judge on the South Carolina Circuit, as a deputy director of the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, and as a commissioner for the South Carolina Workers' Compensation Commission.
CNN's Ariane de Vogue contributed to this report..