Breaking News: U.S. Senate Confirms Sotomayor
The U.S. Senate voted 68-31 Thursday to confirm federal Judge Sonia Sotomayor as the first Hispanic on the the U.S. Supreme Court. Sotomayor was praised as a fair and impartial jurist with a sharp judicial mind.
All Democrats voted for her, and nine Republicans for her including: Republicans Kit Bond of Missouri and Judd Gregg of New Hampshire, Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe, both of Maine; Richard Lugar of Indiana, Mel Martinez of Florida, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Lamar Alexander of Tennessee. Two Independent Senators voted for her: Senator Joe Lieberman from Connecticut, and Bernie Sanders from Vermont.
A CNN poll released Thursday indicated a majority of Americans supported Sotomayor's nomination.
Sotomayor will be sworn in as the 111th justice of the Supreme Court on Saturday, with Chief Justice John Roberts administering two oaths of office. This ceremony will be the first one open to television cameras in the court's history.