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

Sotomayor approved by Senate Judiciary Committee

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/07/28/sotomayor.panel.vote/art.sotomayor.afp.gi.jpg caption=" 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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soundoff (118 Responses)
  1. 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 |
  2. MediaMatters.com

    Thank you Senator Graham for voting against the "party of no".
    Get ready for the long knives.

    July 28, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  3. Pat F

    She won't be the first racist on the court, and probably not the last. And somehow the Republic will survive. She is replacing Souter, after all, the first gay Justice.

    July 28, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  4. Both Republican AND Democrats are IDIOTS

    This is all about getting to pick a candidate that will support your socialist agenda and look good to gather votes from Hispanics to stay in power. Period. The same thing happens when a Republican gets a chance to pick. Neithet side will ever support the other's pick. Period. What this country needs are citizens that think for themselves and do not just line up behind whatever party they choose to identify with as if this were a basketball or football game – with the press acting as biased cheerleaders – firing up their side which right now happens to be Democrats. Wake up America. Are we that stupid so as to be so easily manipulated?

    July 28, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  5. Shucks

    Obama will have the opportunity in the next 8 years to nominate one or two more justices. We can only wait and be hopeful they are as profound as Justice Sotomayor. Congratulations to Justice Sotomayor and to President Obama for her confimation, and his excellent choice.

    July 28, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  6. Denise

    Congrats to you Sonya Sotomayor

    July 28, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  7. dominican mama 4 Obama

    For all you Republicans out there that justify your venom by quoting Bible verses, quote this one (if your lips would only stop shaking long enough!): JUDGES 4:14.

    Proud to be an American today.

    July 28, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  8. Randy, San Francisco

    The GOP will remain a Southern based minfority party because it cannot embrace all of America regardless of race, creed, religion, or sexual preference. The GOP no votes on the confirmation of Sotomayor show a disregard for Hispanic voters.

    July 28, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  9. Jann in Denver

    She'll be a good judge. Now lets get on with Health Care reform.

    July 28, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  10. deb0155

    This is a very sad day for this country!

    July 28, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  11. Sean the thinker

    Aside from all the disgruntled rhetoric, it was a good decision for President Obama to nominate her and MOST people think she will be an excellent Supreme Court jurist.

    July 28, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  12. Zero.

    Obama won the Election, so he gets to pick???? That sounds more like the Dictatorship the Public are talking about..

    July 28, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  13. Carole

    Yay!!!!! I am so happy. Congratulations to Judge Sotomayor!!!!!!

    **NOW, maybe we can get a real Black Man on the court.

    July 28, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  14. Regressive Party Refugee (former republican)

    Entertaining to read the right wing-nuts regurgitate fact-free talking points spun out of the conservative political militia's "How to Attack Logic" handbook.

    July 28, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  15. kishen c.rao

    wonderful.....i like it...she is qualified...but govt. needs to concentrate on health care reform...we need health care reform passed...

    July 28, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  16. Wishawna

    Well it didn't take a wise Latina woman to see that coming...

    July 28, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  17. The Lady


    July 28, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  18. Save America

    America,you will be sorry with this one too.

    July 28, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
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