WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sonia Sotomayor made history today when the Senate confirmed her nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Sotomayor will become the first Hispanic justice and only the third woman to serve on the nation’s highest court.
As expected, Minnesota Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, both Democrats who sit on the Senate Judiciary Committee, supported her nomination. The final vote was 68 to 31 with nine Republicans voting to confirm Sotomayor.
Franken, the newest member of the Senate, presided over the vote. According to Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid’s office, he just happened to be up in the rotation.
The DFL later released a statement calling it a “proud moment to be a Minnesotan as Senator Al Franken presided over the historic vote… and joined Senator Amy Klobuchar in supporting Judge Sotomayor’s confirmation.”
The president pro tempore of the Senate often presides over important votes. But, president pro tempore Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.V., who at 91-years-old is the Senate’s longest-serving member, has been ill since mid-May. (Byrd did return to the Senate today to vote in favor of Sotomayor’s nomination.)