President Obama on Monday officially nominated U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan to serve as an associate justice on the Supreme Court.
Kagan, who’s nomination is subject to Senate confirmation, is intended to replace Associate Justice John Paul Stevens, who’s retiring from the court. Her confirmation would make for three women justices sitting on the high court.
Before serving as solicitor general, Kagan, 50, was dean of Harvard Law School and an associate White House counsel under former President Bill Clinton.
In a statement, Joe Solmonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign, praised Obama for selecting Kagan to serve on the court.
“We applaud President Obama for choosing Elena Kagan to become our nation’s next U.S. Supreme Court Justice,” he said. “The U.S. Supreme Court decides cases that intimately affect the lives of all Americans. We are confident that Elena Kagan has a demonstrated understanding and commitment to protecting the liberty and equality of all Americans, including LGBT Americans.”
The Blade will have more details on the Kagan nomination later.