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President Obama wants the Senate to act quickly and confirm his Supreme Court nominee by August, so that Judge Sonia Sotomayor can be on the job when the court begins its new term in October. But Republicans say they won't be rushed and will thoroughly examine her records.
What do you think of Pres. Obama's pick? Share your thoughts below.
Tonight on AC360°, we'll give you the facts on Judge Sotomayor.
If confirmed, the 54-year-old will be the first Latina U.S. Supreme Court justice. She would also be the third woman to serve on the high court. She would replace Justice David Souter who is retiring.
"Over a distinguished career that spans three decades, Judge Sotomayor has worked at almost every level of our judicial system, providing her with a depth of experience and a breath of perspective that will be invaluable as a Supreme Court justice," said Pres. Obama today when announcing his pick.
Judge Sotomayor grew up in a Bronx, New York housing project; a child of Puerto Rican parents. Her father died when she was 9, leaving her mother, a nurse, to raise her and her brother. She gave praise to her mother at the White House today.
"My mother has devoted her life to my brother and me. And as the President mentioned, she worked often two jobs to help support us after Dad died. I have often said that I am all I am because of her. And I am only half the woman she is."
Sotomayor was at the top of her class in high school and went on to graduate summa cum laude from Princeton University in 1976. Three years later she earned a law degree from Yale.
President George H.W. Bush nominated her to a U.S. District Court seat in 1992. She was confirmed by unanimous consent. Six year later, President Bill Clinton nominated her to her current seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals. That vote was split 67-29, with only Republicans voting against her. 11 of those GOP senators are still serving on Capitol Hill.
As you'd expect, not everyone is a fan of Sotomayor's credentials. Several conservative groups are blasting the pick.
"Judge Sotomayor is a liberal judicial activist of the first order who thinks her own personal political agenda is more important than the law as written. She thinks that judges should dictate policy, and that one's sex, race, and ethnicity ought to affect the decisions one renders from the bench," wrote Wendy Long, counsel to the Judicial Confirmation Network, in a written statement.
Long will be a guest on tonight's program.
You'll also get feedback from CNN's Jeffrey Toobin, author of the best-selling book "The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court". Does he approve of Sotomayor? Find out on AC360°.
Join us for all the angles on the President's pick and tonight's other headlines starting at 10pm ET.
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