U.S. Sen. Olympia J. Snowe, R-Maine, announced today her intention to vote for the nomination of U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court, her office said in a statement.

“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 (she) should be confirmed,” Snowe said. “I find that Ms. Kagan has … strong intellect, respect for the rule of law, and understanding of the important but limited role of the Supreme Court that I believe is required of any justice.”

Snowe joins U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, in supporting the nomination by President Barack Obama, a Democrat.