CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The U.S. Senate's newest member says he'll vote to confirm Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court.
Sen. Carte Goodwin, a West Virginia Democrat, said in advance of today's expected roll call that he's confident Kagan will be an excellent justice.
Goodwin joined the Senate on July 20, the same day its Judiciary Committee endorsed the Obama nominee. He succeeded the late Robert C. Byrd.
The senator said he's since spent evenings reading Kagan's testimony and written statements to that committee, along with other materials from the confirmation process.
Goodwin is a lawyer and former chief counsel to Gov. Joe Manchin. He and retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor chaired a major review of West Virginia's court system last year.