Elena Kagan Confirmed
by Charles Lemos, Thu Aug 05, 2010 at 04:48:29 PM EDT
The Senate has confirmed Elena Kagan, the current Solicitor General, to the United States Supreme Court. The vote of 63-37 today was largely along party lines, with five Republicans supporting the nominee and one Democrat, Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska, opposing her. Also voting against Kagan was Senator Scott Brown of Massachusetts. In the end, Kagan received fewer Republican votes than Justice Sotomayor, who was supported by nine in her 68-31 confirmation on Aug. 6, 2009.
Kagan becomes the nation’s 112th justice, fourth woman and just the sixth member of the court who isn’t a white male. For the first time, the nine-member court will have three women, Ruth Ginsberg appointed by President Clinton and Sonia Sotomayor appointed last year by President Obama.