June 4, 2009

Whitehouse Meets with Supreme Court Nominee Sonia Sotomayor

Judge Would Be the First Hispanic and Third Woman to Serve on Nation’s Highest Court

Washington, D.C. – Judge Sonia Sotomayor should be confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court as soon as possible, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) said after meeting with her to discuss her historic nomination.

As a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Whitehouse will be among a small group of senators who will question Judge Sotomayor during her confirmation hearings. He met with Sotomayor in his office in Washington, D.C. for about half an hour on Wednesday, June 3.

“Against difficult odds, Judge Sotomayor has been able to achieve at the highest levels in academics, as a lawyer and now on the bench,” said Whitehouse, a former U.S. Attorney and Attorney General for Rhode Island. “She is an extremely capable judge, with a real ability to engage with people and make a case effectively. I look forward to participating in the Judiciary Committee’s hearings on her nomination and hope she will be confirmed by August.”

President Obama nominated Judge Sotomayor, who now sits on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, to the Supreme Court on May 26. If she is confirmed, she will be the first Hispanic and only the third woman to serve on the Court.


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