Merkley Statement on the Confirmation of Solicitor General Kagan to the Supreme Court

Washington, D.C. – Today the Senate voted to confirm U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan as the next Supreme Court Justice.  Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley issued the following statement following the vote:

 “Solicitor General Kagan’s thoughtful approach to the law will make her a valuable addition to the Supreme Court.  Her experience in government provides her with the necessary technical expertise and respect for the proper role the judiciary has in our Constitutional system.  Kagan also recognizes the weight of her new job: with every judgment she makes, she will impact the lives of millions of American citizens.  I believe Kagan’s breadth of knowledge and deep respect for the Constitution and laws that this nation was founded upon make her a worthy successor to the Supreme Court seat held by Louis Brandeis, William O. Douglas, and John Paul Stevens.”