Sonia Sotomayor Biography
Sonia Maria Sotomayor is an American Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. She was nominated by President Barack Obama on May 26, 2009, and has served since August 8, 2009. Sotomayor is the 1st Hispanic and Latina member of the Court.
She was nominated to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York by President George H. W. Bush in 1991; confirmation followed in 1992. In 1997, she was nominated by President Bill Clinton to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Her nomination was slowed by the Republican majority in the United States Senate, but she was eventually confirmed in 1998. On the Second Circuit, Sotomayor heard appeals in more than 3,000 cases and wrote about 380 opinions. Sotomayor has taught at the New York University School of Law and Columbia Law School.
President Barack Obama nominated Sotomayor to the Supreme Court in May 2009 after the retirement of Justice David Souter. In August 2009, Her nomination was confirmed by the Senate by a vote of 68–31. While on the court, Sotomayor has supported the informal liberal bloc of justices when they divide along the commonly perceived ideological lines. During her tenure on the Supreme Court, Sotomayor has been identified with concern for the rights of defendants, calls for reform of the criminal justice system, and making impassioned dissents on issues of race, gender, and ethnic identity, including Schuette v. BAMN, Utah v. Strieff, and Trump v. Hawaii.
Sonia Sotomayor Education
Sotomayor graduated from Princeton University in 1976 and received her Juris Doctor from Yale Law School in 1979, where she was an editor at the Yale Law Journal. She operated as an assistant district attorney in New York for four and a half years prior to entering private practice in 1984. She played an active role on the boards of directors for the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund, the State of New York Mortgage Agency, and the New York City Campaign Finance Board.
Sonia Sotomayor Book
She has written a book named “My Beloved World”. The first Hispanic justice on the United States Supreme Court, about her childhood, education, and life through 1992.
Sonia Sotomayor Age
She was born on June 25, 1954, in The Bronx, New York, NY, and is 66 years.
Sonia Sotomayor Parents
She was born to Juan Sotomayor from the area of Santurce, San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Celina Báez from the neighborhood of Santa Rosa in Lajas, a rural area on Puerto Rico’s southwest coast. Her father died of heart problems at age 42 when she was nine, and she was subsequently raised by her mother.
Sonia Sotomayor Family
Sotomayor was raised as a Catholic and grew up in Puerto Rican communities in the South Bronx and East Bronx; she self-identifies as a “Nuyorican”. The family lived in a South Bronx tenement before moving in 1957 to the well-maintained, racially and ethnically mixed, working-class Bronxdale Houses housing project in Soundview. Her relative proximity to Yankee Stadium made her become a lifelong fan of the New York Yankees. The extended family got together frequently and regularly visited Puerto Rico during summers.
Sonia’s father was an alcoholic and her mother was emotionally distant; she felt closest to her grandmother, who she later said gave her a source of “protection and purpose”. Sonia was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 7 and started receiving daily insulin injections.
Sotomayor has said that she was first inspired by the strong-willed Nancy Drew book character, and then after her diabetes diagnosis led doctors to suggest a different career from the detective, she was inspired to go into a legal career and become a judge by watching the Perry Mason television series.
Sonia Sotomayor Children
She has no children.
Sonia Sotomayor Husband
Sotomayor was married in 1976 to Kevin Noonan. The couple later divorced in 1983. She married Kevin Edward Noonan, whom she had been dating since high school, in a small chapel at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York. She later started using the married name, Sonia Sotomayor de Noonan.
Sonia Sotomayor Nationality and Ethnicity
She is an American from The Bronx, New York City. She is Hispanic.
Sonia Sotomayor Religion
She was raised as a Catholic and grew up in Puerto Rican communities in the South Bronx and East Bronx.
Sonia Sotomayor Net Worth
She earns a salary of around $200k and has an estimated net worth of $6 million.