The session quickly descended into turmoil with Democratic senators interrupting the Judiciary Committee's Republican chairman Chuck Grassley at the outset of the hearing and dozens of shouting protesters removed one by one by security personnel.
Kavanaugh topped a list of 25 potential nominees put together by the White House in conjunction with conservative groups such as the Federalist Society and the Heritage Foundation. Kamala Harris, D-Calif. Sen.
Kavanaugh has been a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia since 2006.
In his opening statement, Kavanaugh praised retired Justice Anthony Kennedy, for whom he once clerked and whose seat he would fill, as well as another judicial hero - his mother.
As Kavanaugh turned, Guttenberg said "My daughter was murdered in Parkland" and then "have a good day".
Tuesday is being devoted to opening statements by committee members, three people chosen to introduce Kavanaugh and, finally, the judge himself.
"[Sen.] John KennedyJohn Neely KennedyMORE (R-La.) asked "is this a concerted strategy, is this a tactic of Senate Democrats to coordinate with the protesters" - the people screaming and yelling and disrupting the hearing". Dick Durbin, D-Ill.
Each time another stood to yell - and the Capitol Police closed in to remove the person from the room - the photographers would begin taking pictures from close range.
They said his resume of 12 years as an judge on the federal circuit court in Washington, D.C., his classes taught at Harvard and Yale law schools, the glowing reviews from lawyers, students and fellow judges, and the legal approval of the Supreme Court, which has adopted his reasoning in 13 different cases already, prove he's earned a promotion to sit with the justices. "And therefore, we are there to do our job", said Senator Mazie Hirono.
The week of hearings on Kavanaugh's nomination began with a sense of inevitability that the 53-year-old appellate judge eventually will be confirmed, perhaps in time for the new term on October 1 and little more than a month before congressional elections.
The California Democrat said senators in her party would participate in the hearings under a "silent protest" against the White House's conduct in the matter.
"You can't lose the election and pick judges", Graham told his Democrat colleagues. They said they fear he may rule against a woman's right to choose whether to have an abortion.
A Senate staffer held up charts behind Whitehouse while the senator rattled off a series of conservative 5-4 Supreme Court decisions rolling back voting rights, campaign finance reform, environmental regulations and union operations, among other court decisions. The remark was notable because the nine justices on the Supreme Court can act like nine separate law firms.
Kavanaugh's Republican supporters say he is one of the most qualified jurists ever to be considered for the nation's highest court.
One of the concerns by most Democrats is the fact that the Senate has not received 93% of documents pertaining to Kavanaugh's time served in the White House, and 96% of these documents have not been made public.