Washington, D.C. â€“ 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.
â€œAs a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, I look forward to considering Solicitor General Kaganâ€™s nomination.Â 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.
â€œSolicitor General Kagan is extremely intelligent, and she would bring a wide variety of legal experience to the bench â€“ sheâ€™s spent time in government, in private practice, as a professor, and as the first woman dean of her law school.
â€œOver 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.Â I think it is healthy for the Court to have at least one Justice from outside of what has been termed the â€˜judicial monastery.â€™â€
â€œI look forward to meeting with her and reviewing her nomination.Â I also look forward to a fair and civil nomination process.â€
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