Elena Kagan

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Elena Kagan

Political Leaning (based on voting decisions): Left of Center

Voting Record on Issues:

  • Same-sex marriage: in favor of (left)
  • Obamacare: in favor of (left)
  • Gun Control: neutral
  • Abortion: in favor of (left)
  • Environment: neutral

Appointed by: Barack Obama

Elena Kagan was born on April 28, 1960, in New York City. She grew up in a middle-class Jewish family. Her dad worked a lot with tenant associations, resulting in her interest in law. Kagan attended Hunter College High School, and excelled academically there. She graduated in 1977, and then enrolled into Princeton University. She earned an A.B. from Princeton in 1981, an M. Phil at Oxford in 1983, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1986.

Kagan began by becoming a clerk for Judge Abner Mikva of the U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit from 1986-1987 before Thurgood Marshall of the U.S. Supreme Court during the 1987 term. After, she became a law professor at the University of Chicago Law School and then at Harvard Law School. From 2003-2009, she was the Dean of Harvard Law School. Then, in 2009, after President Barack Obama came into office, he nominated Kagan for solicitor general of the United States. She was confirmed and therefore, became the first female solicitor general ever. One year later, President Barack Obama appointed her for the replacement of retiring Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens. Kagan was then approved by the Senate with a decision of 63-37.