Hagan favors another woman on the Supreme Court

May 6, 2009 

Sen. Kay Hagan thinks the Supreme Court might need another woman.

The Greensboro Democrat told Dome this morning that she hopes President Obama will increase the diversity of the court when he replaces retiring Justice David Souter.

Currently, only one of the nine justices is a woman, and only two have ever served on the nation's highest court.

But Hagan said that was not the only qualification we would consider.

"I'm looking for somebody who will uphold the Constitution and is highly qualified," she said. "Diversity is an issue. ... Right now there's only one woman on the court."

She also hoped the nomination would not be contentious.

"I'm hoping the nomination process goes smoothly," she said.

Previously: Sen. Richard Burr seeks qualified, non-activist judge.

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