President Obama today nominated the first Hispanic woman to be a Justice of the Supreme Court. And she's a Newyorican! Her parents were Puerto Rican and she lived here until she was eight years old.
This is from an Associated Press report:
"WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama chose federal appeals judge to become the nation's first Hispanic Supreme Court justice on Tuesday, praising her as "an inspiring woman" with both the intellect and compassion to interpret the Constitution wisely.
Obama said Sotomayor has more experience as a judge than any current member of thehad when nominated, adding she has earned the 'respect of colleagues on the bench, the admiration of many lawyers who argue cases in her court and the adoration of her clerks, who look to her as a mentor.'
Standing next to Obama at the White House, Sotomayor recalled a childhood spent in a housing project in the Bronx as well as her upper-echelon legal career: 'I strive never to forget the real world consequences of my decisions on individuals, businesses and government.' "
You can read the whole AP article here.