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US Senate Confirms Kagan to Supreme Court

The United States Senate has confirmed the Honorable Elena Kagan as the 112th United States Supreme Court Justice, making her the fourth woman in US history to serve on the High Court. Kagan was confirmed on a 63 to 27 vote, which was largely along party lines. Five Republicans voted for Kagan and one Democrat voted against her, according to the Washington Post. Kagan’s confirmation is expected to preserve the ideological balance of the current Supreme Court as she is replacing retiring Justice John Paul Stevens. Once Kagan is sworn in, there will be three women serving on the court simultaneously for the first time in US history. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg told the Associated Press that three women serving on the Supreme Court is “one of the most exhilarating developments”. The Feminist Majority endorsed Elena Kagan’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Prior to her appointment to the high court, Kagan served as the first woman solicitor general and the first woman Dean of Harvard Law School. 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.

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Associated Press 8/5/10; Washington Post 8/5/10; Feminist Daily Newswire 7/2/10