August 8, 2009 – The First Hispanic Joins the Supreme Court

On this date, Sonia Sotomayor became the first Hispanic to take the oath of office to the Supreme Court. It was also the first time an oath-taking ceremony at the Court was open to broadcast coverage. Previously, oath-taking ceremonies held at the Court, other than formal investiture ceremonies, were private events and not open to the media.

Sotomayor, of Puerto Rican descent, is also the Court’s 111th justice and its third female justice.

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Sotomayor was nominated to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York by President George H. W. Bush in 1991, to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit by President Bill Clinton, and to the U.S. Supreme Court by President Barack Obama, to replace retired Justice David Souter.

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