Sonia Sotomayor was confirmed today by the Senate, in a vote of 68-31.
Sotomayor is now set to become the first Hispanic justice, as well as only the third female justice, in the 220-year history of the Supreme Court. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) remarked on the historical importance of today’s confirmation:
History awaits, and so does an anxious Hispanic community in this country. When she places her hand on the Bible and takes the oath of office, the new portrait of the justices of the Supreme Court will clearly reflect who we are as a nation, what we stand for as a fair, just and hopeful people.
Well… I don’t know if it will “clearly reflect” who we are as a nation, but it’s definitely a step in the right direction.