The Honorable Sonia Sotomayor was sworn in today as the 111th justice of the United States Supreme Court. She is the first Hispanic to serve on the nation’s highest bench and also is the first to have her swearing in made available to television cameras. Video of the swearing in after the jump. Sotomayor is just the third woman to join the court in its 220 year history (the first two being Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsberg).
Sotomayor is replacing Justice David Souter, who retired earlier this year. She was joined today by her brother Juan Luis Sotomayor, and her mother Celina Sotomayor. Sotomayor has been a federal judge for 17 years and the U.S. Senate confirmed Sotomayor’s nomination Thursday by a 68-31 vote.