WASHINGTON, DC –
President Barack Obama has nominated Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court
If confirmed by the Senate, Kagan will become the third woman on the high court. Senator Ted Kaufman (D-DE), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement on the President’s nomination of Elena Kagan to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by the announced departure of Justice John Paul Stevens:
“In nominating Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court, President Obama has selected someone with impeccable credentials and a record of excellence and integrity. Equally important, Ms. Kagan‘s experience at the White House, in the Senate, as a law school dean, and as Solicitor General will serve her well on the Court.
As dean, she was lauded by faculty, students, and alumni across the political spectrum for her ability to bridge disagreement by listening to all sides of an argument, engaging honestly with everyone concerned, and making decisions openly and with sound reasons.
She will bring her ability to build coalitions to a Supreme Court that is too often divided, which will serve the American people well.
“On a personal note, I want to add that earlier in her career Ms. Kagan served on then-Senator Biden’s Judiciary Committee staff in connection with the nomination to the Supreme Court of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
I had the good fortune to get to know her in that context when I was then-Senator Biden’s chief of staff. Based on that experience and everything I have seen since, I am absolutely convinced that she not only possesses enormous intellect and consummate skill, but is a person of the highest character and unquestioned integrity.”