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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.”