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Sonia Sotomayor Biography

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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