Sen. Olympia Snowe (Maine) became the fourth Republican Senator to endorse Solicitor General Elena Kagan's bid to become the next Supreme Court justice on Wednesday, saying that she has "a clear reputation for a sound judicial temperament."
In a statement released by her office, Snowe said, "After a careful and considered review of Elena Kagan's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, her overall record, and my personal meeting with her, I have concluded that General Kagan should be confirmed." Kagan's nomination is set to go before the Senate next week; she is expected to be confirmed.
Snowe pointed to the broad support Kagan, now the solicitor general, has received from conservatives and liberals alike, as well as numerous former solicitors general.
"Ms. Kagan has won the support of all ten Solicitors General who have served since 1985, including five Republican appointees. ... Indeed by all accounts — including those from conservative former Solicitors General Ken Starr and Ted Olson, and Assistant Solicitor General Miguel Estrada — General Kagan has a clear reputation for a sound judicial temperament," according to Snowe's statement.
Snowe joins Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Dick Lugar (Ind.) and Susan Collins (Maine) in endorsing Kagan's installment on the bench.