Obama Taps Controversial Sotomayor for Top Court
President Barack Obama has nominated federal appeals court judge Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court.
Sotomayor, 54, would be the first Hispanic and third woman in history to serve on the nation's highest court. There is currently only one woman on the high court, Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
In 2001, Sotomayor, speaking as an appeals court judge, gave a speech declaring that the ethnicity and sex of a judge “may and will make a difference in our judging.”
“I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life,” said Judge Sotomayor.
Sotomayor is based in New York City. President Bill Clinton appointed her to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in 1998. She is a graduate of Princeton University and Yale Law School.
Sotomayor is divorced and has no children.