Snap Fact #112
President Obama Brought Genuine Diversity To The Supreme Court With A High Quality Appointment!
In 2009, President Obama nominated Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. She is the first Hispanic U.S. Supreme Court Justice and the third woman to serve on the high court. Ms. Sotomayor rose from the humble beginnings of a Puerto Rican child born in a housing project in the South Bronx. Her brilliant mind earned her admittance to Princeton and then on to Yale Law School. Her subsequent judicial career proved her capability as an outstanding legal mind and constitutional jurist.
The White House press secretary gave the following thumbnail of Ms. Sotomayor upon her nomination to the supreme Court. "Sonia Sotomayor has served as a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit since October 1998. She has been hailed as "one of the ablest federal judges currently sitting" for her thoughtful opinions, and as "a role model of aspiration, discipline, commitment, intellectual prowess and integrity" "Her American story and three decade career in nearly every aspect of the law provide Judge Sotomayor with unique qualifications to be the next Supreme Court Justice. She is a distinguished graduate of two of America's leading universities. She has been a big-city prosecutor and a corporate litigator. Before she was promoted to the Second Circuit by President Clinton, she was appointed to the District Court for the Southern District of New York by President George H.W. Bush. She replaces Justice Souter as the only Justice with experience as a trial judge. Judge Sotomayor served 11 years on the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, one of the most demanding circuits in the country, and has handed down decisions on a range of complex legal and constitutional issues. If confirmed, Sotomayor would bring more federal judicial experience to the Supreme Court than any justice in 100 years, and more overall judicial experience than anyone confirmed for the Court in the past 70 years.