Harvard Law dean Elena Kagan was confirmed today by the Senate as the nation's first female solicitor general, representing the administration before the Supreme Court.
The vote was 61 to 31, the Associated Press reports.
Kagan, 48, is also thought to be on the short list for a Supreme Court vacancy, particularly if Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the only woman on the high court, who is battling pancreatic cancer, steps down.
She and President Obama taught together at the University of Chicago Law School during the 1990s.
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