The nomination of New York Court of Appeals Judge Sonia Sotomayor for a seat on the Supreme Court drew high marks from Bristol’s congressman.
President Barack Obama “has once again broken historic barriers and proved to young Americans that no matter their background or the challenges they face, they can achieve their dreams,” U.S. Rep. John Larson, an East Hartford Democrat, said in a prepared statement Tuesday.
Larson, whose 1st District includes Bristol, Southington and Berlin, called Sotomayor “a brilliant legal thinker” who deserves to take her place on the nation’s highest court.
“She will bring to the Supreme Court the qualifications and experiences of a successful career on the bench and a deep, common sense understanding of how judicial decisions impact real people’s lives,” Larson said.
Sotomayor was tapped Tuesday to replace the retiring Justice David Souter, who is leaving the court this summer. The president said he hopes the U.S. Senate will confirm her in time for her join the eight other justices when they open a new session in September.
Larson said that Sotomayor’s upbringing in a South Bronx public housing project in New York City “gives her a unique view of the issues this country faces and the possibilities for those who believe in the American dream.”
“I urge the Senate to take up her nomination swiftly,” added Larson, who grew up in public housing in East Hartford.
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