August 6th, 2009
03:19 PM ET
11 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. Oregon calling

    Congratulations! Honorable Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor!

    President Obama, please make sure that the next one is not a Catholic!

    Peace 🙂

    August 6, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  2. RCasson

    As a minority female, I am especially proud. Congrats to Supreme Court Judge Sotomayor!

    August 6, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  3. Tough Lady, NC

    What a Great Country we live in. Congratulations Supreme Court Judge Sotomayor. You have really worked hard, and you are truly an inspiration to all of us. May God Bless You and Your Family.

    August 6, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  4. Chessy

    Bravo Sonya!

    August 6, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  5. James

    While I did not support her confirmation, I wish Justice Sotomayor the best of luck and hopefully she proves those of us with doubts wrong.

    August 6, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  6. H-Town Girl

    From one wise latina to another................ Congratulations!!!!!! You have earned it and frankly, it has been long overdue.

    August 6, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  7. Claudia in Houson

    Education, qualifications and judicial law and Constitutional law are the roots of our democracy and not ones ability to pick and chose what they think they know, such as gun rights.

    August 6, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  8. Deep Throat

    She's only the second Hispanic. Benjamin Cardozo, appointed by
    president Herbert Hoover in 1932, was the first. She is, however,
    the first Latina. Check it out.

    August 6, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  9. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    Congratulations to Judge
    Congratulations to those who voted for her obvious confirmation.

    August 6, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  10. Reformed Republican

    Special recognition should be given to the nine Republicans who put country over party ideology.
    These people are indeed "real" American patriots in this instance.

    August 6, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  11. The Other Michael in Houston

    Congrats........Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor. It was a pleasure watching you slap the crap out of those Republican Senators who were trying to call you out on your character. I'm glad to see that at least 9 Repulicans thought with their head instead of their a–. I'm glad to see some diversity oh the high court. I hope to see more diversity in the future. In the mean time.....once idiotic moronic fear tactics didn't work........again GOP. I thought ou would have learned your lesson after 11/04/2008 but I guess you can't teach an old dying dog new tricks. Now all we need to do now is get the rest of the dead weight out of government, I am speaking of you bible thumping so called conservatives AND you left wing, tree hugging hippes i.e Peloski and get some independent thinkers in their who will actually serve the people of the United States and not the political parties they belong to.

    August 6, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  12. Michael

    Only nine republicans. What a shame. And bad politics too.

    August 6, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  13. Dont blame me

    God help us.

    I hope that she is not as far left as I fear that she is.

    August 6, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  14. nclaw441

    Elections have consequences. Next time, people, let's think before we vote.

    August 6, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  15. Carl in Alaska

    Not surprising that the Democrats unanimously voted for Sotomayor. Just as a dog will always return to its vomit, so a Democrat will always vote for a minority simply because he or she is a minority.

    We need to target the nine RINOs who voted for Sotomayor. They're the cancer which needs to be excised from the Republican Party. Whatever it takes to defeat them if they run for re-election needs to be done, even at the risk of replacing them with Democrats.

    Kudos to the 31 Republican patriots who voted against Sotomayor's confirmation. I'm glad that John McCain atoned for his dismal presidential campaign by joining them.

    August 6, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  16. Cnn please post my comments! 1 love!

    Good Job President Obama! Thank you for a highly qualified Supreme court Justice! Thank you for re-investing in Americans and spending American TAX Dollars on US soil! The Unprogressive Republican party of No will rather pour tax dollars down the toilet on unnecesary wars and self promoted conflicts May God bless President Obama Judge Sotomayor and every patriotic American supporting President Obama in FIXING America!

    August 6, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  17. Richard Smith

    Sorry folks but Sonia Sotomayor is not the first Hispanic justice on the Supreme Court. That honor goes to Benjamin Cardozo, a descendant of Portuguese Jews who immigrated to America. He served on the Court from 1932 until his death in 1938. Although today's Hispanics may, for political reasons, want to identify Sotomayor as the first Hispanic, Sonia Sotomayor may only lay claim to being the first woman Hispanic on the Court.

    August 6, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  18. cm

    CNN post this please, don't filter the posts
    While History was in the making today in our country because the First Hispanic/Latina Woman was confirmed to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of our land. CNN and Rick Sanchez chose to ignore completely and did not cover the historical vote and confirmation.
    As a Hispanic woman I am very upset that you guyd did not cover the breaking news. Shame on you today!
    I expected the cold shoulder from FOX but not from CNN

    August 6, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  19. Proud Member..Party of No

    Another blow to freedom and democracy.

    August 6, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  20. ikem

    Great, this is an incredible moment for America and hispanics in particular. History has been made.

    August 6, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  21. Sniffit

    Cry me a river GOPers.

    August 6, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  22. Embarrassed Member of The ReBirtherTea Party - Thugs R Us

    Nine courageous members of the Republican party, bucked their collegues racists sentiments and voted to confirm a true moderate to the Court.

    August 6, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  23. Kevin

    Finally some excellent political news! Congratulations to Justice Sotomayor!

    August 6, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  24. Sam I Am

    I expect we'll see good things from Justice Sotomayor. Her record has been one of moderation and following the intent of the law.

    I do think it odd that the very same woman the Republicans pushed hard to get seated in her role in the lower court has now, apparently transformed herself into someone that all but 9 Republicans are dead set against. Maybe I'm oversimplifying this, but it appears to be yet another temper tantrum by people who cannot accept anything that the Democrats do. I have a word of advice to these spoiled children. Get your act together or you will be looking for a new job soon.

    August 6, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  25. Edwin Irizarry

    This is one of the proudest days of my life. Sotomayor's confirmation not only shows the dignity and poise of our people but the strength and endurance we demonstrate to make this a better America everyday.
    This entire country benefits from this historic day.

    August 6, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
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