July 28th, 2009
01:02 PM ET
12 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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  1. Obama 2.0

    All I have to say to those few GOPers that choose not to vote for her is, Tu Tambien 😉

    July 28, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  2. Lilarose in Bandon, Oregon

    Thanks, Graham! Good to see a Republican whose head isn't buried in something.

    July 28, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  3. http://finance.yahoo.com/insurance/article/107408/5-freedoms-you-would-lose-in-health-care-reform.html?mod=insurance-health


    He's not.


    July 28, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  4. roseanna

    I have lived in Alabama all my life and am so embarrased by our Senator voting NO . I hope all women in Alabama remember that when reelection time comes. Sessions had a chance to lead the way and blew it.

    July 28, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  5. Kevin in Ohio

    A shame. The destruction of this once great nation continues.

    July 28, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  6. Roger

    It is now a Lost Battle for the Republican Party.


    After the Presidential elections, this is the second victory for Democrats.

    Dance........ Celebrate........ Democrats 🙂 😛

    July 28, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  7. Bingo

    Senator Graham applied the standard of judicial qualifications and expertise to vote to confirm. Senators Sessions, Grassley, Coburn and Cronyn applied the standard for confirmation as established by Senator Obama in his vote to reject Justice Roberts - judicial qualification are less important than world view and political idealogy. Which would you rather use for future confirmations - the Senator Graham standard of the Senator Obama standard?

    July 28, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  8. Kate in San Diego

    If and democrat stated he or she was not confirming Roberts or Alito because he or she was afraid their personal biases would color their judicial opinions, there would have been no end to the crying by the republicans. However, their level of hypocracy is astounding. Why am I ever surprised?

    July 28, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  9. Honest AB

    Congrats to you your Honor, you deserve it! May God truly change America for the good of all people.

    July 28, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  10. Me

    It's great to be an American

    July 28, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  11. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    That is good news. Her confirmation vote can now be held. It will be interest who votes yes and no. Is there any breakdown of who voted how in committee hearing? That is something that should have been included here.

    July 28, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  12. Lisa P

    Congratulations to Judge (soon to be Justice) Sotomayor! Yours will be a welcome new voice on the Supreme Court - I look forward to hearing your questions, arguments and opinions. You can do nothing but improve the process.

    As for the GOP and future nominees: if the leaders of the Republican Party are going to continue to insist on proving how close-minded, stubborn and totally irrelevant they are in the matter of picking and confirming Supreme Court justices I can only hope that next time Obama pulls out all the stops - a truly Liberal justice with the track record to prove it. And if she's gay, non-Christian (an atheist would be great, but I'm open minded) and/or not from a European ethnic group (seems to me we're way overdue for an Asian on the Supreme Court) so much the better.

    July 28, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  13. Vincent Petrosino

    The six Republicans on the judiciary committee were not listening as usual! The GOP does not care how qualified a nominee is as long as Obama wants her they don't. We must put the GOP out of its misery and marginalize them once and for all or we will get very little accomplished with these white men!

    July 28, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  14. Dave, Central Illinois

    The Republicans were MUCH more civil and courteous to her than the Dems ever were towards Bush's picks. Dems are childish little brats when they don't get their way...

    July 28, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  15. Jonathan Burton

    A purely partisan stunt by the GOP. Crony'n leading the bogus charge.
    A poor and pitiful display, if I have even seen one. John Crony'n of Texas was a Texas Supreme Court Justice before he became a senator. This seems to have no bearing when it comes to Texas Good Ol' Boy politics. I guess the numbers from his base matter more than what is fair and impartial in the eyes of the courts.
    Hispanics in Texas will not forget Crony'n's voting record, and he will have an early retirement to look forward to now come re-election.

    July 28, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  16. E.C.Coleman

    What a mistake.
    Sotomayor, by her own statements and her own admissions is nothing but a racist just like obama.
    She is unqualified, regardless of her education.
    Many Latinos in the United States would have been even better prepared and educated for the Supreme Court.

    What is amazing is that only 6 Republican Senators voted against Sotomayor.
    All Republican Senators should have voted against Sotomayor.

    July 28, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  17. dominican mama 4 Obama

    Supreme Court: Se habla Español!!

    July 28, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  18. GOP - Party of Ignorance and Obstructionism!

    Gee, I wonder why she got republican support? could it be cuz they're using this as ANOTHER political game only to try and gain votes in 2010!!! I'm glad Sonia was nominated however, i don't and didn't care for the obstacles the republican party put forward during the process! All this political non sense only so they can blind the ignorant to get their votes in 2010! I'm so sick of the republican hypocritical, lying party!

    July 28, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  19. Jim

    Who was the one REPUBLICAN dissent on the committe?

    July 28, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  20. JJMR

    Please Republicans stop using the Bible (the Holy Word of God) to
    justify your deep prejudices & biases. Working together for the good
    of all Americans would be so refreshing. Stop alienating people.
    The young adults of today see through all of this partianship & they
    are not buying into your game. Your continued actions of opposition
    will only ead to your becoming an obsolete party. I pray that God will
    open your hearts to the truth of His Word.

    July 28, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  21. Matt

    The party of NO strikes again. This woman is exactly what Republicans say they want from a Latina. She's a hard worker who pulled herself up by her bootstraps. She's a true American success story and they still voted against her. They called her everything from a racist to unqualified and it's disgusting. I hope that everyone, especially minorities, remember this and vote out these obstructionist Republican in 2010.

    July 28, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  22. nbascribe

    I think those who vote against her are going to feel the heat in their states.

    John Cornyn might as well take arsnic because the Hispanics here in Texas were very much behind Sotomayor.

    He'll feel it coming up.

    July 28, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  23. Back to Simple Life

    They voted this year

    We vote in 2010 and 2012.

    Buh bye republican hypocrits.

    July 28, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  24. Yea right!!

    I tired of all of this. The Obama administration is under fire from all sides. The Republicans are looking for

    July 28, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  25. McEmtol

    Nice one!

    July 28, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
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