Senate confirms Kagan to the Supreme Court

Holly Bailey

So much for that heated Supreme Court battle. In a 63-37 vote Thursday, the Senate approved Elena Kagan as the newest justice on the nation's high court. She won the support of just five Republicans: Lindsey Graham, Dick Lugar, Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins and Judd Gregg. One Democrat, Ben Nelson, voted against her.

Kagan, 50, replaces retiring Justice John Paul Stevens. She's the nation's 112th justice, but only the fourth female on the high court. And as Republicans noted frequently during the debate over her nomination, Kagan is the first justice in nearly 40 years to be confirmed to the bench without any experience as a judge.