) -- The U.S. Senate confirmed Elena Kagan as the Supreme Court's 112th justice Thursday afternoon by a 63 to 37 vote.
Kagan, 50, is the fourth woman to serve on the nation's highest court. It is also the first time in history three women will serve simultaneously. Kagan replaced recently retired John Paul Stevens.
Elena Kagan was confirmed to the Supreme Court on Thursday.
Tapped by President Barack Obama for the nomination, the new justice is a former dean of Harvard Law School but has no prior experience as a judge. Kagan is widely known as a legal scholar with liberal-leaning views.
With her confirmation, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said near the end of a three-day debate, "average Americans will be a step closer to once again having their voices heard in the highest court in the land."
-- Reported by Miriam Marcus Reimer from New York.
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