Today the President nominated Sonia Sotomayor, 54, to serve on the United States Supreme Court. In her acceptance she said she is “bursting with gratitude.”
Her experience makes her an ideal candidate to many, but most importantly, to President Barack Obama. Two of the other contenders are already members of his Administration: Solicitor General Elena Kagan; and, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. Sotomayor also brings personal experience that embodies what many perceive as the American dream, and parallels BO’s upbringing as well. She was born to Puerto Rican parents in the South Bronx in 1954. Her father was a manual laborer, illiterate in English, who died a year after Sotomayor was diagnosed with diabetes at 8 years old. She was raised by her single mother in public housing and went on to lead a very impressive legal career.
Sotomayor is no stranger to the Senate confirmation process – she has been through it twice already. She was first appointed by President George H. W. Bush for New York’s Southern District in 1992, becoming the first hispanic federal judge in the state, and later in 1998, by President Bill Clinton to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Though there will be some tough questioning during the confirmation process, most likely, she made history again today as the first Hispanic ever named to the U.S. Supreme Court.