U.S. Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan has received approval votes from the Senate Judiciary Committee in a 13-6 vote. All of the committee’s Democrats voted for her while all but one Republican opposed.
Kagan, 50, is currently U.S. Solicitor General. She is the former dean of Harvard’s law school and, in her current post, the top appellate lawyer and representative at the Supreme Court. She has no previous experience sitting on the bench though she is not the first non-judge nominated to the Supreme Court. She was educated at Princeton, Oxford and Harvard Law. She spent time clerking for Justice Thurgood Marshall before entering into private practice briefly for two years.
Kagan’s week-long confirmation hearings in the Senate were concluded in early July. The nomination now moves to the full Senate. The Solicitor General is expected to receive confirmation by the end of the month.