WASHINGTON, D.C. — In his last round of questions at Sonia Sotomayor’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings, Sen. Al Franken kept it short and sweet.
After reading briefly from a letter written in support of Sotomayor by attorneys from the Southern District of New York, the Minnesota Democrat said he had a basic question for the judge — a common question in any job interview.
“Why do you want to be a Supreme Court justice?” Franken asked.
Sotomayor launched into a story that began when she first decided to leave private practice to become a District Court judge — a move that resulted in a significant pay cut.
But, ultimately, Sotomayor’s answer boiled down to this: her passion for public service.
“My love of the law, my sense of the importance of the rule of law, how central it is to the functioning of our society, [and] how it sets us apart… from the rest of the world, have always created a passion in me,” Sotomayor said. “I can’t think of any greater service I can give to my country than to be permitted the privilege of being a justice of the Supreme Court.”