Today, U.S. Senator Mark Udall released the following statement on President Obama's announcement that he has nominated Solicitor General Elena Kagan to replace Justice John Paul Stevens on the U.S. Supreme Court.
"As with Justice Sotomayor last year, and with every Presidential nominee before the U.S. Senate, I intend to carefully review Ms. Kagan's record and her testimony before the Judiciary Committee before making my decision whether to support her. I am particularly interested in talking to her about her familiarity with federal law important to the Rocky Mountain West, including water rights, mining and other natural resources matters, which may come before the Court."
"Above all, Coloradans want a Justice with sound judgment, a keen intellect, and who will ensure that everyone before the Court can and will get a fair hearing. Ms. Kagan is well-regarded as a legal scholar, an inspirational leader, and a trailblazer, who stepped easily and successfully into roles that had historically been held only by men. Her accomplished professional career and her dedication to public service make her an appealing candidate to succeed Justice Stevens, and I look forward to meeting with her in the coming weeks."