WASHINGTON — The Senate has confirmed Elena Kagan to be the fourth woman ever to serve as a Supreme Court justice.
The Senate approved President Barack Obama’s nominee Thursday by a vote of 63-37. Kagan’s addition to the court marks the first time three female justices have served concurrently.
Nearly all Democrats, the Senate’s two independents, and a handful of Republicans backed her.
Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Richard Lugar of Indiana, Judd Gregg of New Hampshire, and Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe of Maine supported her. Democrat Ben Nelson of Nebraska voted in opposition to Kagan’s confirmation.
63 to 37. Not bad given the toxic political environment currently being nurtured and promoted by our Republicans. Samuel Alito was confirmed by a vote of 58 to 42. Clarence Thomas’ tally was 52 to 48.
Justice Kagan will be sworn in Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Supreme Court.