August 06, 2009

Gillibrand Celebrates Confirmation of Judge Sotomayor for the U.S. Supreme Court

Washington, D.C. - Today, following the vote in the U.S. Senate to confirm the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to be the next Supreme Court Associate Justice, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement:

"The breadth and depth of Judge Sotomayor's experience makes her uniquely qualified for the Supreme Court.   Her keen understanding of case law and the importance of precedent is derived from working in nearly every aspect of our legal system -- as a prosecutor, corporate litigator, civil rights advocate, trial judge and appellate judge.  Judge Sotomayor will bring to the Supreme Court more federal judicial experience than any justice in one hundred years and more overall judicial experience than any justice in seventy years.

"Judge Sotomayor will bring the wisdom of all her experiences to bear as she applies the rule of law, and will grace the Supreme Court with the intelligence, judgment, clarity of thought and determination of purpose that we have come to expect from all great justices on the Court.

"Judge Sotomayor's record is a testament to her strict adherence to precedence - her unyielding belief in the rule of law and the Constitution.  I have always strongly supported Judge Sotomayor's nomination and firmly believe she will prove to be one of the finest justices in American history.

"Today, I am honored, humbled and proud to join my colleagues in the U.S. Senate to confirm the historic nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to be our next Supreme Court Associate Justice and the first ever Latina on our nation's highest court."