WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The Senate on Thursday confirmed Judge Sonia Sotomayor's Supreme Court nomination by a 68-31 vote, making her the first Hispanic on the high court.That's right,our very own Senator Allan Franken presided over the vote with the following statement in announcing the results.
Sotomayor's confirmation also makes the 55-year-old federal appeals court judge the 111th person to sit on the Supreme Court, and the third female justice.
Nine Republicans joined a unanimous Democratic caucus in supporting her nomination.
The confirmation was read out by Sen. Al Franken, D-Minnesota.
From a DFL press release:
“Today’s historic confirmation of Justice Sotomayor is a victory for the rule of law and a blow against right-wing judicial activism. Justice Sotomayor’s experience in law and in life has spanned tumultuous decades, and her time spent in the federal court system exceeds that of any other justice in over a century. Her grasp of legal doctrine and her passion for the law justify her bipartisan confirmation and will make her a superb voice for a more just society on our nation’s top court. I am proud to see her seated on the Supreme Court.”