Elena Kagan is on the verge of becoming the 112th justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, after three months of sparring over her legal experience and where she falls on the ideological spectrum.
Senators voted 63-37 on Thursday to confirm Kagan. All Democrats but one voted for her, while all Republicans but five opposed her.
Kagan is scheduled to be sworn in at the Supreme Court on Saturday so that she can begin her new job quickly. A larger swearing-in ceremony and celebration may be scheduled for a later date.
Her confirmation means the Court, for the first time in its history, will have three female members, a point that Democratic female senators noted with pride during a three-day debate. It also means that, for the first time since William Rehnquist was confirmed in 1971, a justice will be joining the Court without prior judicial experience.
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