Durbin Statement On The Confirmation of Elena Kagan as An Associate Justice on the Supreme Court

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement today after the Senate voted to confirm Elena Kagan as an Associate Justice on the United States Supreme Court:


“Today’s confirmation of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court is an historic achievement. For the first time in our nation’s history, three women are serving together on the highest court in the land.”


“Ms. Kagan is a remarkable lawyer who has worked in private practice, clerked for Illinois’ own Judge Abner Mikva and Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, served as a Senate staff member and worked in the Executive Branch. She has also blazed a trail for women in America -­ not only as the first woman to serve as Dean of the Harvard Law School but also as the first woman to serve as our nation's Solicitor General. I’m proud to have supported her nomination.”