Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid released the following statement today after the confirmation of Judge Sonia Sotomayor as our first Latina U.S. Supreme Court Justice:
“The confirmation of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court of the United States is an inspiration to not only millions of young women and Hispanic Americans, but our nation as whole. Judge Sotomayor has proven that she will be a Supreme Court Justice who respects precedent and the rule of law and will be a fair arbiter of justice to all. She has exhibited intelligence, candor, eloquence and grace not only during this confirmation process, but throughout her entire career.
“America is a great land where those who work hard, play by the rules and believe in our country’s greatness can soar to the highest heights, and Sonia Sotomayor is a great testament to that idea. I am particularly humbled to be a witness to history today as we confirm our first Latina Supreme Court Justice.
“I commend Chairman Leahy for his leadership and dedication to a fair, thorough confirmation process. I also thank my Senate colleagues who joined me in casting this vote for Judge Sotomayor today – I am particularly encouraged by my Republican colleagues who put partisanship aside and voted for this extraordinary woman on her merits.”