Sonia Sotomayor Confirmed: First Hispanic Supreme Court Justice


Sonia Sotomayor was confirmed on a 68-31 vote by the Senate today, making her the nation's 111th Supreme Court justice, the third woman, and the first of Hispanic descent to serve on the Court:

Sotomayor "In a sign of the increasing partisan tension to battles over Supreme Court nominations, the 31 Republican votes against Sotomayor far outnumbered the GOP opposition to the Clinton administration's Supreme Court justices in the early 1990s, Ginsburg and Stephen G. Breyer. But it was a similar to the level of Democratic opposition to George W. Bush's nominees earlier this decade: Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. received 22 'no' votes from Democrats in 2005, while Associate Justice Samuel Alito received more than 40 'no' votes from Democrats in 2006."

Nine Republicans voted for Sotomayor. They are Lamar Alexander (TN), Kit Bond (MO), Susan Collins (ME), Lindsey Graham (SC), Judd Gregg (NH), Richard Lugar (IN), Mel Martinez (FL), Olympia Snowe (ME) and George Voinovich (OH).

Lambda Legal applauded the confirmation. See its statement here.

Watch the vote tally and announcement, AFTER THE JUMP...