In the first term of his presidency, Barack Obama will have big decisions, like who he will appoint to the Supreme Court. Sonia Sotomayor is one person that keeps popping up in conversations about who will replace likely retiring justices John Paul Stevens and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. See photos, a video, and a biography below.
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Sonia Sotomayor is probably top of the list for an Obama appointment to the Supreme Court. Why? There is one major group that has never had representation on the SCOTUS, and that is Hispanics. She is probably the most prominent Hispanic judge in the country, and she is a women. There have only been two women, and currently only one on the court, who is likely to retire soon. Also, she is a liberal of course.
Sonia Sotomayor was born on June 25, 1954 in The Bronx, New York, so her age is 54. She was born of Puerto Rican decent and into modest circumstances. Her father died at an early age, leaving her mother to raise and support her.
Sotomayor was fortunate enough to be able to attend Princeton University and receive a B.A. summa cum laude in 1976. She then went to Yale for law school, earning her juris doctorate while also serving as the editor of the Yale Law Review. She served as assistant district attorney in New York for a time, then went into private practice.
Ironically, George H. W. Bush appointed her to Federal District Court in 1991. She being a moderate and the appointment being part of an overall deal between senators to appoint other Bush people, made this possible. Later, in 1998, she was appointed to the Second Circuit Federal Appellate Court by Bill Clinton.
Congressional Democrats suggested Sonia Sotomayor for appointment in 2005 while President Bush was considering who to replace Justice Sandra Day O’Conner with. This was criticized by conservatives because she did not fit the ideological profile of George Bush. Instead, Bush chose Samuel Alito.
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