After being nominated earlier this year, yesterday the Senate voted to confirm Elena Kagan as the 112th Justice of the Supreme Court.  Ms Kagan will be the fourth female ever to be appointed as a Justice in the US Supreme Court, and will join Justices Ginsberg and Sotomayor to be the third woman Justice currently on the bench.

63 senators voted in favour of her appointment while 37 opposed it.   All but one Democrat (Senator Ben Nelson voted against her appointment) were in favour, and five Republicans (Senators Susan Collins, Lindsey Graham, Judd Gregg, Richard Lugar, and Olympia Snowe) supported Ms Kagan’s confirmation.

The vote, Obama said, was “an affirmation of her character and her temperament; her open-mindedness and evenhandedness; her determination to hear all sides of every story and consider all possible arguments“.

Congratulations to Ms Kagan!