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Kerry on Kagan Nomination to Supreme Court of the United States


Location: Washington, DC

Kerry on Kagan Nomination to Supreme Court of the United States

Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) today released a statement following President Obama's announcement that former Harvard Law School Dean, Solicitor General Elena Kagan is his choice for the Supreme Court of the United States.

"Elena Kagan has been an extraordinary trailblazer and she will be an extraordinary Supreme Court Justice for a very long time. She brings together a remarkable combination of qualities that the Court needs today: a capable mind, a fresh energy, a proven ability to build consensus across ideological lines, and a real-world understanding of how the law and public policy impacts Americans in their daily lives," said Sen. Kerry. "The first woman to head Harvard Law School and the first woman to serve as Solicitor General, when she is confirmed by the Senate, for the first time the Supreme Court will look a little more like America with three women serving together on the bench. Massachusetts has been Elena's adopted home, and a place where she earned the respect of jurists and scholars from across the ideological spectrum.

"I hope it bodes well for a swift and fair confirmation process that already in this Congress, seven Republican Senators reached across the aisle to support her nomination as Solicitor General."

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