In a vote last week the United States Senate approved the nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to become the 112th justice of the Supreme Court.
After bruising confirmation hearings, the Senate voted largely along party lines 63-37. Five Republicans backed Kagan, and one Democrat voted against her candidacy, according to media reports.
The vote was loudly criticized by many GOP members who warned about Kagan’s potential judicial activism and limited legal experience outside of academia. Her pro-life stance has also been highlighted by many social conservatives, including Family Research Council and Americans United for Life Action.
Moreover, former presidential candidate and the president of American Values Gary Bauer commented that “left-wing judges are forcing radical social change on the American people.”
He added that “the record and the history of Ms. Kagan demonstrate she will be another vote for the radical left agenda rather than constitutional government.”
Meanwhile, the confirmation was welcomed by Democratic leaders, including Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Tim Kaine who applauded President Obama for selecting “such a strong nominee.”
Kaine said he had full confidence in her legal acumen and her dedication to working for those who seek justice in America’s courts.
Kagan, who is set to replace Justice John Paul Stevens who will retire later this year, was sworn in on Saturday afternoon.