Associated Press, Published May 10 2010
Klobuchar, Franken react to Supreme Court nominationMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota's two U.S. senators will have an initial voice in deciding whether Solicitor General Elena Kagan will fill a seat on the Supreme Court.
Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken serve on the Senate Judiciary Committee, which will hold a confirmation hearing on Kagan, named by President Barack Obama Monday as his nominee.
Klobuchar and Franken, both Democrats, said in statements that Kagen will bring a diverse background of legal experience to the bench. Besides serving as the nation's chief lawyer, Kagan has been a White House aide and was the first woman to serve as dean of Harvard Law School.
Klobuchar says it's "healthy" for the court to include someone who has experiences different from those of a judge. Franken expects Kagan will be confirmed without difficulty.
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