Judge Sonia Sotomayor Nominated for U.S. Supreme CourtDecember 31, 1969
Judge Sonia Sotomayor was born to a Puerto Rican family. As a youth, she grew up in a public housing project in the South Bronx. Her parents moved to New York during World War II – her mother served in the Women’s Auxiliary Corps during the war. Her father, a factory worker with a third-grade education, died when Sotomayor was nine years old.
At an early age, her mother instilled in Sotomayor and her brother a belief in the power of education. Driven by a relentless work ethic, Sotomayor excelled in school. At Princeton, she graduated summa cum laude, and Phi Beta Kappa. At Yale Law School, Judge Sotomayor served as an editor of the Yale Law Journal and as managing editor of the Yale Studies in World Public Order before beginning her legal career nearly three decades ago.
Her American story and wide-ranging career in nearly every aspect of the law provide Judge Sotomayor with unique qualifications to be the next Supreme Court Justice. She is a distinguished graduate of two of America's leading universities. She has been a big-city prosecutor and a corporate litigator. She was appointed to the District Court for the Southern District of New York by President George H.W. Bush, and tackled a range of questions from difficult issues of constitutional law, to complex procedural matters, to lawsuits involving complicated business organizations before being promoted to the Second Circuit by President Clinton. If confirmed, she will replace Justice Souter as the only Justice with experience as a trial judge.