If confirmed, Kagan, 50, would be the youngest member of the high court. She would also be the third woman currently on the court, and fourth woman ever, to serve.
She also would be the first justice in almost four decades to join the Supreme Court with no prior experience as a judge. She is, however, no newcomer to the court. As the U.S. Solicitor General, a key part of that job is to argue the federal government’s position in the Supreme Court.
"I would like to congratulate New York native Solicitor General Elena Kagan on her nomination to the Supreme Court of the United States”, said Gov. David Paterson. “President Obama's selection of Ms. Kagan to the nation's highest court is a profound honor, and is proof that she is both respected and admired for her distinguished work and lifelong commitment to public service.”
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said “I am thrilled to see another brilliant New York woman nominated to the Supreme Court. New Yorkers dream big, and nobody tells us what we can't achieve, which is why so many women have excelled from entrepreneurs and academics to scientists and celebrities - and now Supreme Court justices.
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