Kagan Confirmed, 63-37

Chalk up another legacy for President Obama, as the Senate confirms Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan.

Kagan, who will be the fourth woman to serve on the high court after she is sworn in, won the job on a Senate vote of 63-37.

Currently the U.S. Solicitor General, Kagan has “earned her place at the top of the legal profession,” said Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.

Kagan’s background as a Supreme Court law clerk, as well as stints in the Senate and in the Clinton and Obama administrations, also gives her “experience in all three branches of our government,” Leahy said. “This is unique.”

Only five Republicans voted in favor of Kagan’s nomination. Last year, just nine Republicans voted for Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Obama’s first Supreme Court appointee.

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