August 6th, 2009
03:19 PM ET
5 years ago

Sotomayor confirmed for Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The U.S. Senate on Thursday confirmed Judge Sonia Sotomayor as the first Hispanic justice on the Supreme Court.

Sotomayor was confirmed in 68-31 vote. Nine Republicans joined a unanimous Democratic caucus in supporting her nomination.

The 55-year-old federal appeals court judge will be the 111th person to sit on the high court, and the third woman justice.


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soundoff (131 Responses)
  1. Dylan from MN, yeah THAT MN

    Congrats (new) Justice Sotomayor! You will make a fantastic justice!

    August 6, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  2. e

    Yay! You go, girl!!!!!

    August 6, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  3. 25 year old, dem

    Congrats Justice Sotomayor, and the hispanic community

    August 6, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  4. Lisa in Shelton

    case closed!

    August 6, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  5. Peggy

    As usual a majority of the Republicans said "NO" to her confirmation. NO Healthcare Reform....NO Stimulus...NO to 2nd "Cash for Clunkers". What a negative group. The" PARTY of NO'.

    August 6, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  6. annie s

    Wow. Nine Republicans actually did the right thing? I'm going to write this date down for posterity.

    August 6, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  7. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Good Luck, Madam Justice!!!!!!!

    August 6, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  8. talmag

    Very happy that this hard working woman received this honor. From her record, I can see that she will use the "law" to determine her decisions and not her personal feelings. Congratulations to you Ms. Sotomoyar.

    August 6, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  9. Ms. Einsenhower

    Obama won again!!!! Oh happy day.....oh happy day...

    August 6, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  10. Denna

    Excellent! Absolutely excellent. I believe that Justice Sotomayor will be the best addition to the Supreme Court that we have had in many years. I knew the Repubs could not muster up the nerve to shoot her down. Good. We need justices like her. May President Obama get the chance to name a few more. Good job.!

    August 6, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  11. Watermelon=Obama

    Sad day for all real americans! We need a revolution or we need to secede from this country and start a new country made up of white christain values. South Carolina over to mississippi would be just fine for our new country. Not sure how me would deal with south florida. Maybe send them all back to New York Puerto Rico and Cuba where they belong! Sarah Palin and Jeff Sessions would be our new presidents. Whos with me?

    August 6, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  12. LacrosseMom

    Excellent! After all the angst, demonizing, slander that the GOPers threw at her........... she is our newest Supreme Court Judge!

    Brava Sonia!

    August 6, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  13. Change_Has_Begun

    congratulations...i had no doubt that sonia sotomayor would be nominated...now the senators that did not vote for her will face a tough election...get ready...

    August 6, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  14. S Callahan

    Supreme Court Justic Sotomayor.....I pray God will give you wisdom and discernment on this gifted journey you are on. May you bring much joy to our land. Congratulations!

    August 6, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  15. Hawaii gal

    It is so nice that we have another woman sitting on the highest court. It is about time, we need more females to balance it out. It is also nice to see a Latina, as the court needs to reflect the true "face of America", which is not made up of only white men.

    August 6, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  16. George

    That is awesome. Please give the manes of the senators who voted against her. They may be short term senators.

    August 6, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  17. witch

    I am glad !

    August 6, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  18. tany

    yeah

    August 6, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  19. gigi

    This is great News!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Obama knows what he is doing, great job Mr. President............I am behind you 100%.....My grade for you is A+....

    August 6, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  20. Ann, California

    Yeah!! This is wonderful news.

    August 6, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  21. Rita/Denver

    Once again John McCain chose the wrong side to kiss butt. McCain really needs to think for himself and quit siding with Rush and Karl.
    Congrats to Justice Sotomayor!

    August 6, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  22. Diplomacy Trumps War

    It's another great day for Americans!

    August 6, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  23. Susan

    What a sad state of affairs that this is the only kind of person whom they could offer up for such an important position. This woman, and I use the term loosely, is a disgrace to the females of the world. I will be doing my best to try to get the Democratic representatives in Florida who voted for her, out of office. I am sick to death of them not listening to what the voters want and this is just another item on the list!

    August 6, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  24. TexasAnnie *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*

    VERY slowly we are starting to see the Court reflect the people it represents. If this Court were a true representation of the American people, then we would see roughly 50% female justices. And we would see black, white, Hispanic, & Asian representation for sure.

    But as long as the justices are fair & impartial & interpret the law as written, then hopefully we will be on the right road.

    For the conservative Republicans who didn't support Sotomayor because they thought she would "try to insert her political leanings" into her rulings- uh, pardon me, but isn't that exactly what the ultra conservative justices have done for years???

    August 6, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  25. Dan

    I'm glad she got confirmed, but if there's one thing I'm tired of, it's the hypocrisy of right-wing complaints that she would not rule on the merits of the law WHILE COMPLETELY IGNORING ANTONIN SCALIA!!! Scalia charged the court was taking sides in the "culture war" in the Texas sodomy case – AND THAT'S RULING JUST ON THE MERIT OF THE LAW???!!! Either criticize Scalia for putting another value ahead of the law, or just shut up!

    August 6, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
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