JUNEAU - U.S. Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, met last week with Elena Kagan, the U.S. Solicitor General nominated by President Obama to fill the pending vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court.
Begich said he found Kagan to be "well informed" and "keenly interested in Alaska issues."
He said that Kagan, if confirmed, is anxious to visit Alaska at his invitation.
"We discussed a number of issues of specific interest to Alaskans, including the Second Amendment right of Americans to bear arms, personal privacy rights, the Exxon Valdez oil spill case and unique issues facing Alaska Native people, such as subsistence.
"She expressed sympathy with the plight of thousands of Alaskans harmed by the Exxon Valdez spill and the more than 20 years it took to finally resolve claims over the spill. ... Kagan also was keenly interested in unique Alaska fishing and hunting issues and our state's subsistence preference for rural Alaskans."
Begich said he would thoroughly examine Kagan as a U.S. Supreme Court candidate as she goes before the Senate Judiciary Committee.