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Senate Confirms Kagan to U.S. Supreme Court

Elena Kagan, 112th Supreme Court Justice

Sedona AZ (August 5, 2010)-Elena Kagan, 50, won Senate confirmation today as the 112th Justice in a 63-37 Senate vote. Kagan becomes the nation’s fourth woman to sit on the United States high court joining two women Justices Ginsburg and Sotomayor on the nine member court. 

Retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor (1981-2006) was the first woman to serve on the Supreme Court, nominated by then-President Ronald Reagan, and was confirmed with a 99-0 vote.  On August 12, 2009, Justice O’Connor was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor of the United States by President Obama.

Elena Kagan is the second appointment by President Barack Obama to the U.S. Supreme Court. She was chosen to succeed retiring Justice John Paul Stevens.

Kagan will be sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts on Saturday in a televised ceremony. The former Harvard dean is the first Justice in over four decades to have no judicial experience.

Elena Kagan photo courtesy of Bloomberg and Getty Images

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  2. Kagan sworn in as 112th US Supreme Court justice – AFP…

    We cover the same subject but your approach is interesting….

  3. Preston Kim, Green Valley AZ says:

    good summation-must be someone with judicial experience-O’Connor was vehemently opposed by the christian right & Reagan stood up-SDO’C became best centrist-pays not to listen to the right or the left-President could make mistake w/Kagan-she grows with role or ego keeps her down-a vote for gay rights (K is rightly PRIVATE-don’t ask don’t tell works) & she questions the military-

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