Merkley Statement on Confirmation of Judge Sonia Sotomayor

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley
joined 67 of his colleagues in voting to confirm Judge Sonia Sotomayor as the
newest justice on the United States Supreme Court.  After the vote,
Merkley issued the following statement:

“As as our nation’s first Hispanic Justice, this is a
historic confirmation.  Judge Sotomayor’s intelligence, experience on
the bench and commitment to the Constitution make her a tremendous addition to
the Supreme Court.   Her diverse background and set of life
experiences give her valuable insight into the real world application of the
law and complement her careful, well-reasoned judicial approach.  I’m very
proud to have supported her confirmation.”