Former Solicitor General of the United States Elena Kagan was confirmed by the Senate earlier today as the 112th justice, but only the fourth woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. Despite whining and warnings from ultraconservative Republicans in the Senate (and, really, are there many who don’t fit that description any longer?) that confirming the somewhat liberal Kagan would bring the wrath of a vengeful God down upon all Americans, the vote was a comfortable 63-37 in favor of her succeeding recently retired Justice John Paul Stevens (a Gerald Ford appointee) on the Court.
Kagan will take her new lifetime seat when the Court reconvenes in October. As The Hill notes, that occasion will mark “the first time three women justices have served at the same time.”
READ MORE: “Elena Kagan Confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court,” by Steve Benen (The Washington Monthly).