After a lengthy set of Senate confirmation hearings and a 63-to-37 vote in her favor on Thursday, Elena Kagan has now officially become a member of the United States Supreme Court. She is the fourth woman to serve on the Court and the third to be joining the current bench.
After taking the constitutional oath reserved for all federal employees earlier today, Kagan took the final oath administered by Chief Justice John Roberts. She will begin serving on the bench on the first Monday in October. The New York Times compiled some interesting facts on Kagan as a Supreme Court justice:
Arguably, she made a mark from the moment she took the oaths on Saturday. Ms. Kagan is the third woman to serve on the current court, joining Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor, She is also the fifth justice, or a majority, to have been born after World War II, at once bringing down the average age on the court to 64 years old, from nearly 69. And she is the first since William H. Rehnquist 38 years ago to join the court without experience as a judge.
Watch Kagan’s swearing in ceremony, as broadcast on Fox News, below:
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