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First Woman Solicitor General Confirmed

Elena Kagan was confirmed as Solicitor General yesterday and, once sworn in, will be the first woman to hold the post. She was confirmed in a 61 to 31 Senate vote.

Prior to her nomination, Kagan was the Dean of Harvard Law School and was the first woman to hold that position. Prior to her tenure at Harvard, Kagan served in several positions within the Clinton White House and clerked for former Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.

Senator Ted Kauffman (D-DE) first met Kagan in 1993 and said that “Elena Kagan has the piercing intellect, the superb judgment, and the wealth of experience to be an outstanding solicitor general,” according to the Blog of Legal Times.

Sources:

Feminist Daily Newswire 1/6/09; United States Senate 3/19/09; Blog of Legal Times 3/19/09

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