This morning, President Obama nominated Sonia Sotomayor, 54, to the U.S. Supreme Court as Justice David Souter’s successor. If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Sotomayor would be the third woman and first Hispanic to be seated on the Supreme Court. Here’s a background check.
- Sotomayor was born in New York to Puerto Rican parents. She grew up in a South Bronx housing project near the old Yankee Stadium and was raised by her mother, a nurse, following her father’s death when she was 9.
- She loved Nancy Drew growing up (just like us!) and wanted to be a police detective, but having diabetes put a damper on that dream. An apparent pop culture-junkie, Sotomayor has said that “Perry Mason” was the reason she decided to become a lawyer.
- Sotomayor graduated from Princeton University and Yale University’s Law School, but she returned to New York after finishing school and now owns a condo in Greenwich Village.
- Even though she’s just 54 years old, she will be the only Justice with experience as a trial judge (besides the outgoing Souter), and it has been said that Sotomayor has more judicial experience than anyone confirmed to the Court in the last 70 years.
- As a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, she ordered Major League Baseball team owners to return to bargaining during a 1995 strike. She’s a Yankees fan.