Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.) announced today that he will vote to confirm Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court.

Gregg becomes the fifth Republican, along with Sens. Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Richard Lugar (Ind.), Olympia Snowe (Maine) and Susan Collins (Maine) to announce their support for Kagan's nomination.

“Ms. Kagan and I may have different political philosophies, but I believe that the confirmation process should be based on qualifications, not ideological litmus tests or political affiliation," Gregg said.  

The New Hampshire Republican said he Kagan "has pledged that she will exercise judicial restraint and decide each case that comes before her based on the law, with objectivity and without regard to her personal views."

Though some Republican have argued that Kagan's lack of judicial experience is troubling, Gregg said her experience as a policy aide to President Clinton and Solicitor General under President Obama means she "is qualified to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court."