July 28th, 2009
01:02 PM ET
5 years ago

Sotomayor approved by Senate Judiciary Committee

 With Republican senators' support, Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation by the full Senate is a virtual certainty.
With Republican senators' support, Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation by the full Senate is a virtual certainty.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday approved the nomination of federal Judge Sonia Sotomayor to become the nation's first Hispanic Supreme Court justice, setting up a final confirmation vote by the Senate.

The 13-6 committee vote was mostly on partisan lines, with one Republican joining the panel's Democrats in sending the nomination to the full Senate.

At least five Republican senators have announced their intention to support Sotomayor, making confirmation by the Democratic-controlled Senate a virtual certainty.

Sotomayor, 55, is President Obama's first nominee to the nation's highest court. She would be 111th person to sit on the Supreme Court, and the third female justice.

CNN Radio's Hill team reports on Sotomayor's Tuesday win:

The Judiciary Committee held a four-day confirmation hearing earlier this month that foreshadowed Tuesday's vote, with Democrats praising Sotomayor's 17-year record as a federal judge and her made-in-America story as a minority woman who rose to success through hard work and opportunity.

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  1. sensible Cape Coral Fl

    No one expects the Republicans to rubber stamp every position of the Democratic Party. After all they do have a reputation to maintain. But their resistance to Sotomayor is the epitome of stupidity. Smetimes I wonder if the republicans are even Americans.

    July 28, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  2. carlos only smarter

    fellow americans....let us wait for the full senate vote and then decide who gets the boot in the upcoming elections.....and we will not shout "kill him, kill him" like those at that woman's rallies-the swampies........we latinos know how to vote also .....hehehehe

    July 28, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  3. Robin in Tampa, FL

    Did the these guys draw straws? Because Senator Graham was the only Republican who voted Yes.

    July 28, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  4. Dee, 1 Vote

    1958 – Thank U, Mom and Dad! 2009 – Presidest Obama, Thank U! Tue, 7/28/09, Congrat Judge Sotomayor!

    July 28, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  5. Free Thinker

    We will all, conservative and liberal, live to regret this appointment.

    July 28, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  6. Steve in CT

    Hispanics are behind her because she's Hispanic. Millions of blacks became voters for the first time to vote for one of their own. It doesn't matter to these people if it's the most qualified, with the best platform but only if it's the right race. America is crumbling from the inside because voters vote "Gimme gimme gimme". This short sightedness will be our downfall and because of it none of our grandkids will be free. No matter the race. Then all will be not only equil but equally oppressed. America is acting "stupidly". Start learning Chinese.

    July 28, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  7. Suzan

    This not only tells me how they are all still stuck to the negative attitude they have toward our President but it also tell me how racist they are and not wanting a Hispanic person on the Supreme Court.....they can call it what ever they want but racist is racist and you can't cover it up with a lot of fancy words.......this hurts their chances in the future.......

    July 28, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  8. nea-nea

    As long as this president is in office the more the republicans will attack him every policy he comes up with they are against even this Judge became under attack just because they feel she is racist and they have the nerve, but i guess they was only doing what their lead Republican wanted them to[ Rush Limbaugh. ]Next on the Republican attack agenda is The birth certificate debate and im not supid enough to believe its about his birth certificate. No they just cant accept the fact that we have a BLACK PRESIDENT which we all know he is not all black but the color of his skin matter to them, to them he is all black. And thats the reason he been so heavily scurtinized.

    July 28, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  9. Steph

    This is nothing like the Harriet Meyes fiasco.

    July 28, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  10. Andrew Rivera

    As a Hispanic male I am glad and sad at the same time. The white male southern republican party has made fools of themselves by not supporting the most experienced individual to ever come their way because she is a person that thinks for herself and doesn't march in lock step with a party that goes further down hill everyday.

    July 28, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  11. Steve

    Would the GOP prefer Harriet Meirs or Roberto Gonzales? Judge Sotomayer has an impecable record and understanding of the law, more than any member on the committee mind you. I have not really heard any of the 6 Senators that voted against her say anything profound .that would make me think twice about her qualifications. I heard they may think she's an activist, well for your information we are all activist in some way or another.

    July 28, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  12. charlie

    I take an extreme offense to you referring to me as a Repub or any other negative statement because I'm conservative. You look at the numbers in the quick little polls performed on AOL, etc the voters there were all against Sotamayor's confirmation. And, darn if they didn't do it anyway! Her liberal votes, her racists remarks plus the over ruling of her bad decision in the firefighters case is enough to tell most SANE people that she is not going to be an impartial or qualified judge. Way to go Democrats!

    July 28, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  13. Fla.

    Congratulations, Judge Sotomayor! A well-qualified justice to the Supreme Court.

    July 28, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  14. Liberty

    Oh give me a break with the fake incredulousness. When it's a Republican nominated appointee the Dems vote against and vice versa. This is unfortunately the shallow pool that has become our political system. Always oppose and never concede. When these children learn to work together and learn the art of compromise then things will change. Until then this is what we have....

    July 28, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  15. RRR

    Let's see how the reelection bid goes for all the senators who voted against her!
    Let's see how the NRA portrays them and Sotermayor as anti-American because they (and most people btw) don't believe we all have the right to shoot each other whenever we want.

    HEY, now can we get SCALIA to retire??

    July 28, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  16. Barbara CA

    Congratulations Judge Sotomayor.

    America is sometimes like a bad production of Westside Story. Everyone is enjoying the 'Sock Hop' laughing and dancing and having a good time, when all of the sudden 'Race' rears it's ugly head.

    Then here we go again like the 'Jets and the Sharks' (those two gangs in the play), retreating to our designated racial corners.

    (It's getting very boring!)

    But you go forward into history Judge Sotomayor. 30 or 40 years from now when you are Chief Justice of the Supreme court, those sad people who are now standing against you will simply be old. (Very old!!!)

    July 28, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  17. Working Class American

    It' not only Hispanics that need to remember the names of every Republican who voted against her when they enter the voting booth, it's women who must remember also! The questions those good 'ole boys put to her were demeaning and sexist . . . we WILL remember that!

    July 28, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  18. in Oregon

    This is a great day to be an American! We get closer and closer to equality...about time...

    I am so excited to have a Hispanic woman on the Supreme Court bench. Sotomayor is well-educated with a wealth of very appropriate experience and a perspective that adds balance to the current court.

    We ALL win today. I feel sorry for the people who can't see that today represents what America stands for, what her military fights for, what her people believe in.

    July 28, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  19. Susan

    Congratulations Judge Sotomayor!!!

    July 28, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  20. What a Joke

    For those of you who seem to think that Obama has a lock on the Hispanic vote, maybe its because he understands diversity better than others. Not all Hispanics are illegals (as someone kindly commented on) and if they were illegal, they would not be able to vote. Its unfortunate that we have become a country of conspiracy theorists because someone different than the norm comes into power. The only thing you can say about Sotomayor is that she made a comment that, when read in its entirety, was taken out of context. If you try to use the Ricci case, she was on a panel, which included a Republican (lest we forget). If you go back 17 years and that is the best you can come up with, then we will take her. For those of you who are holier than thou, name any one of your candidates who have never said something that was taken out of context or misspoke. Dollars to doughnuts, you can't do it.

    July 28, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  21. feel the heat

    Sotomayor is a good choice for many of our states will have a hispanic majority in her lifetime

    July 28, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  22. Richie

    Who'd have ever thought I could have respect for Lindsey Graham? A Repug with some bit of integrity. I thought they were all gone.

    July 28, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  23. Ken

    And Ted Tartaglia, there is no better example of [R]s taking a COMPLETE leave of reality that to read E.C.Coleman's view of the wrold where "Many Latinos in the United States would have been even better prepared and educated for the Supreme Court".

    Given that even those old [R] codgers in Congress with dimentia admitted she was the best qualified candidate in 100 years, we must conclude that Coleman's view is either heavily colored by a severe form of politico-cultural retardation or an unusual case of genetic contamination by some form of lower frog. Either way, I hope the new health care coverage allows him to seek help, or at least spend the rest of his days in a dank, algae-filled pond where he belongs.

    July 28, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  24. stormerF

    Just make a coin with her face on it and let that be that.Obama is lying about health care and the fact it will not raise the Deficit,It will cost jobs and harm the economy.....

    July 28, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  25. Go Hard Left

    Well, this is the thanks the President get's ehhh, Republicans?

    He nominates a middle of the road, HIGHLY QUALIFIED (academically, prosecutorially, judicially), woman and most of the GOP can't find it in their minds to vote for her.

    Looks to me like Mr. Obama should nominate the LEFT-est leaning flaming liberal he can find the next time since the Republicans showed no appreciation for his balanced approach this time.

    July 28, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
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