Senator Klobuchar

Washington, D.C. "“ U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement on the nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan as an Associate Justice to the Supreme Court.

"As a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, I look forward to considering Solicitor General Kagan's nomination. A Supreme Court Justice should demonstrate an independent breadth of mind and character, with an open-minded, fair approach to the facts and the law.

"Solicitor General Kagan is extremely intelligent, and she would bring a wide variety of legal experience to the bench "“ she's spent time in government, in private practice, as a professor, and as the first woman dean of her law school.

"Over the years, she has developed a reputation as a person who brings people together despite their ideological differences. She has shown herself to be a true leader. Like former Chief Justice Rehnquist, she comes to the court with experiences different than those of a judge.  I think it is healthy for the Court to have at least one Justice from outside of what has been termed the "judicial monastery.'"

"I look forward to meeting with her and reviewing her nomination. I also look forward to a fair and civil nomination process."

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