The Senate, by a vote of 63-37 confirmed the nomination of Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court, making her the 112th justice. A single Democrat, Sen. Ben Nelson, opposed the confirmation, while five Republican Senators, Susan Collins, Lindsey Graham, Richard Lugar, Olympia Snowe and Judd Gregg, voted for Kagan. Kagan, former dean of the Harvard Law School and a frequent ACS participant, becomes the fourth woman selected to the Supreme Court and is President Obama's second appointment to the Court, following the confirmation of Justice Sonia Sotomayor, nearly a year ago.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy said, "Her qualifications, intelligence, temperament and judgment will make her a worthy successor to Justice John Paul Stevens," The New York Times reported. See a special ACS Web page on resources about Kagan and the confirmation process here.