Barack H. Obama, 44th POTUS, nominates American Solicitor General, Elena Kagan, to be Next Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court
Elena Kagan is widely regarded as one of the best legal minds of her generation — earning praise from across the ideological spectrum throughout her career. Above all, she is a trailblazer. She wasn’t just the first woman to serve as dean of Harvard Law School — she was one of its most beloved and successful leaders, building a reputation for openness to other viewpoints and skill in working with others to build consensus. These were some of the many reasons why she was chosen to be Solicitor General, the nation’s chief advocate — the first woman to hold that post as well.
Her work as Solicitor General has allowed President Obama to witness just why Elena is particularly well-suited to the Court: She has not only a keen understanding of the law, but also one that is rooted in a deep awareness of its impact on people’s lives. Last year, she made that clear — choosing the Citizens United case as her first to argue before the Supreme Court, defending bipartisan campaign finance reform against special interests seeking to spend unlimited money to influence our elections.
Now, he’s looking forward to the prospect of Elena taking her seat alongside Justice Ginsberg and Justice Sotomayor. For the first time, our nation’s highest court would include three women, ensuring a Court that would be more inclusive, more representative, more reflective of us as a people than ever before.
When Justice Stevens wrote to announce his retirement to the White House, the US Commander In Chief knew that the Court would be losing a standard bearer. And he felt a responsibility to nominate an individual capable of being that same guiding force, a consistent voice of reason on the Court.
The President’s belief is that as the world learns more about Elena, the more you’ll see she is a voice America needs on its Supreme Court.