Sonia Sotomayor


Sonia Sotomayor

Political Leaning (based on voting decisions): Left

Voting Record on Issues:

  • Same-sex marriage: in favor of (left)
  • Obamacare: in favor of (left)
  • Gun Control: in favor of (left)
  • Abortion: in favor of (left)
  • Environment: neutral

Appointed by: Barack Obama

Sonia Sotomayor was born in the Bronx borough of New York City on June 25, 1954 in a Puerto Rican area. She was raised as a Catholic by her family. She first developed her interest in becoming a judge when she watched an episode of a television show Perry Mason. In 1972, Sotomayor graduated from Cardinal Spellman High School. She then attended Princeton University. She was struggling with English, so she took more English classes, seeking for improvement. Her hard efforts paid off when she graduated with a B.A. Then in 1979, she received a J.D. at Yale Law School. There, she became the editor for the Yale Law Journal.

After, she went on to serve as an Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney’s Office from 1979–1984. Then she became an associate and partner for international commercial matters in New York City at Pavia & Harcourt from 1984-1992. Then in 1991, she was chosen by President George H.W. Bush to the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York. After a while, President Bill Clinton appointed her to the U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit in 1997. Finally in 2009, President Barack Obama nominated Sotomayor as a Supreme Court Justice. The Senate confirmed her with a vote of 68-31, which made her the first ever Latina Supreme Court Justice ever.