Bingaman votes to approve Sonia Sotomayor

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman joined 67 other Senators in voting to approve Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court.

“I voted to confirm Judge Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court because I believe she has the qualifications, experience, and impartiality necessary to be an excellent justice,” Bingaman said.

Justice Sotomayor earned degrees from Princeton University and Yale Law School. Her judicial service began in October 1992 with her appointment to the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York by President George H.W. Bush. President Clinton appointed Sotomayor to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in 1998.

Justice Sotomayor was approved 68-31. She replaces Justice David Souter, who retired.