Elena Kagan was confirmed by the U.S. Senate Thursday, making her the 112th Supreme Court Justice and the fourth woman appointed to the nation’s highest court.
Senators voted 63 to 37 confirm Kagan, 50, who was formerly Solicitor General and dean of Harvard Law School.
The Associated Press reported, “Democrats sang Kagan’s praises, calling her a glass ceiling-shattering nominee who would bring a fresh perspective, strong legal mind, and flair for building consensus to the Supreme Court. She would be the third woman currently on the court.”
Dissenting senators, mostly GOP, lawmakers expressed what they called “troubling” concerns about Kagan, including her lack of judicial experience, her stance on 2nd amendment right to bear arms to her “judicial activism” to the ban on military recruiters from Harvard Law School while Kagan was dean of the law school.
“I believe her actions as dean indicate strong evidence that as a justice…she would tend to advance her political preferences rather than take the traditional approach of a judge following the law,” said Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas.
Five Republicans voted to confirm Kagan; one Democrat voted against her.
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