updated 5/10/2010 3:32:37 PM ET 2010-05-10T19:32:37

A Republican senator from Oklahoma says he has decided to oppose Elena Kagan's nomination to the Supreme Court.

GOP Sen. James Inhofe indicated he will vote against Kagan because of her "lack of judicial experience and her interpretation of the Constitution."

Inhofe is the first senator to say publicly that he will oppose Kagan, who was nominated Monday to replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens. Inhofe also voted against Kagan's nomination to be solicitor general.

The Oklahoma senator criticized her for attempting to bar military recruiters from the Harvard Law campus while she was dean. He also said he thinks she has "contempt" for the Senate confirmation process and a "lack of impartiality" for those who disagree with her positions.

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