Senators Brown, Kerry to Introduce Kagan Before Committee

Jun 24, 2010 3:38pm

ABC News' Ariane de Vogue reports:

The Senate Judiciary Committee has announced that Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan will be introduced by Massachusetts Senators Scott Brown and Senator Kerry at her confirmation hearing set to begin on Monday.

It is customary for a nominee to be introduced by his or her home state senators, and Kagan listed Massachusetts as her home state when her nomination was sent up to the hill.

But some might argue that Kagan, who was born and raised in New York City, should really be introduced by Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, the same pair that recently introduced Justice Sonia Sotomayor when she appeared before the committee.

It's unclear why Kagan listed Massachusetts instead of New York, but the choice could reflect an attempt to  to reflect some geographic diversity in court nominees.

Both Brown, a Republican, and Kerry, a Democrat, expressed support for Kagan after meeting separately with her last month.

Brown said he was satisfied with Kagan despite some Republicans' objections to her role in ousting military recruiters from the Harvard Law School campus over the military's gay rights policy. "I do not feel that her judicial philosophy will be hurting the men and women who are serving," he said.

Kerry called Kagan an "extraordinary trailblazer" and said "she will be an extraordinary Supreme Court Justice for a very long time."

ABC News' Devin Dwyer contributed to this report.

– Ariane de Vogue

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