Durbin Statement on Nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) made the following statement regarding the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the United States Supreme Court.


“President Obama has made an outstanding and historic choice in his selection of New York Judge Sonia Sotomayor to serve on the Supreme Court.


Her compelling life story and three decade career in nearly every aspect of the law provide Judge Sotomayor with unique qualifications to be the next Supreme Court justice. She has been called “one of the ablest federal judges currently sitting” and would bring more federal judicial experience to the Supreme Court than any jurist in 100 years.


Barack Obama knows better than most: when you are the first, you have to be the best. And Judge Sotomayor’s life – from public housing in the Bronx to the highest courts in our land – is a story of excellence.


I look forward to hearing Judge Sotomayor’s testimony in the Judiciary Committee. I hope and expect she will receive quick confirmation in the United States Senate.”