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Senator Reid

Washington, DC— Nevada Senator Harry Reid released the following statement today in reaction to the nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to replace Justice John Paul Stevens on the Supreme Court:

“President Obama has chosen a worthy nominee to replace Justice Stevens, a jurist who Americans have respected and admired for so many years. I am particularly pleased President Obama has chosen a nominee from outside the judicial monastery. I believe that through her confirmation process, Elena Kagan will demonstrate that her primary allegiance is to fairness, justice and the rule of law, not ideology.  When Solicitor General Kagan is confirmed, the Supreme Court will have three sitting female Justices for the first time – a historic occurrence that is long overdue.

“Nevadans and all Americans want us to confirm a nominee who is not only immensely qualified, but also has an understanding of the real world impact the Court’s rulings will have on the American people. They want a nominee who will stand up for average Americans and ensure they get a fair hearing even against the largest and wealthiest corporations. I am confident that once confirmed, Elena Kagan will work to ensure equal justice for all Americans.

“I was pleased with the manner in which Senators conducted themselves when Justice Sotomayor was confirmed last year, and I will work to ensure the same type of fair, respectful process for Elena Kagan.”