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26 May 2009

Obama nominates Sotomayor to Supreme Court

Sotomayor will be the third women and the first hispanic Supreme Court judge if she is confirmed by Congress.

Born in 1954 in the Bronx, Sotomayor was raised by her mother, a nurse, after her father died when she was only 9 years old.

Sotomayor graduated from Princeton summa cum laude and from Yale law school in 1979.

She was nominated to a federal bench by George Bush in 1991 and was a U.S. District Court Judge from 1992 - 1998. In 1997 she was nominated to the U.S. Appeals Court, 2nd Circuit by President Clinton. A year later she was confirmed by a 67-29 vote. All 29 votes were republican, 11 of whom still serve today.

Obama says that Sotomayor will bring more experience to the bench than any other judge had when they were nominated.

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