On May 25, 2009, US President Barack Obama nominated Sonia Sotomayor for the US Supreme Court. Sotomayor was serving as a judge for the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit when she was nominated, and was designated to replace Justice David Souter following his retirement. The confirmation debate over Sotomayor's nomination began on August 4, 2009, and she was confirmed in the US Senate by a vote of 68-31 on August 6, 2009. She was sworn in as the 111th justice in the history of the court by Chief Justice John Roberts on August 8, 2009. Sotomayor became the first Hispanic member of the court, and the third female member.
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