Supreme Court

Kagan confirmed to Supreme Court

The Hearings

Archive video of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan's confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee. More video coverage »

Five Senate Republicans supported Kagan, 50, to succeed retired Justice John Paul Stevens. One Democrat, Ben Nelson (Neb.), was opposed. Kagan, a self-described progressive, is not likely to tilt the balance of the court.
Read More »

Explore how members voted, and compare to how they voted on Kagan's nomination to be solicitor general and on Sonia Sotomayor's Supreme Court nomination.

Excerpts from Kagan's review of Stephen Carter's book 'A Confirmation Mess.'

Help us decipher the arguments on both sides by submitting story links to reddit.com where you can also vote for the ones you find most compelling.

Kagan's background
Bio Information
Born: 1960
Education: Princeton University, Oxford University, J.D. Harvard Law School
Experience: Solicitor General, Former associate White House counsel, Former dean of Harvard Law School

The backstory on the president's nominee.

View documents and testimony related to Kagan's 2009 confirmation hearings for solicitor general, as well as her personal financial disclosures.

Find out where she stands on issues such as gun control, due process and same-sex marriage.

Timeline of Kagan's life
April 28, 1960

Born in New York City.


Graduates with B.A. in history from Princeton University.


Receives M.Phil. from Oxford University's Worcester College.


Graduates from Harvard Law School.


Clerks for Judge Abner J. Mikva of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.


Clerks for Justice Thurgood Marshall of the U.S. Supreme Court.


Works as staff member, Dukakis for President campaign.


Works as an associate at Williams & Connolly, a Washington D.C. law firm.


Joins the University of Chicago Law School as an assistant professor; becomes a full professor in 1995.

Summer 1993

Works as special counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Ruth Bader Ginsburg's nomination to the Supreme Court.


Serves as associate White House counsel to President Bill Clinton.


Works as deputy assistant to the president for domestic policy and deputy director of the White House Domestic Policy Council.


Becomes a professor at Harvard Law School. In 2003, named as dean of Harvard Law School.

March 2009 - present

U.S. solicitor general.

TIMELINE SOURCES: Staff Reports, WhoRunsGov;
Latest Articles and Updates
© The Washington Post Company