Bingaman Meets with Judge Sonia Sotomayor
(Democrat - New Mexico)
“I was very impressed with Judge Sotomayor,” Bingaman said. “She is clearly well qualified and I think she’d be a great addition to the Supreme Court.”
Sen. Hutchison Meets With Supreme Court Nominee Sonia Sotomayor
(Republican - Texas)
"I remain troubled by some of her judicial opinions and how her previous statements might impact future decisions.
“One key concern is an opinion that Judge Sotomayor joined, following the D.C. v. Heller case, which suggested that the Second Amendment is not a fundamental right, and is therefore not binding on the states. I specifically raised the question with Judge Sotomayor as to whether she believes that Second Amendment rights are fundamental."
Akaka Meets with Supreme Court Nominee Sotomayor
(Democrat - Hawaii)
"I was extremely impressed with Judge Sotomayor," Akaka said. "She is gracious and passionate and has strong feelings about individual rights. I'm optimistic that the Senate will confirm her to be a Supreme Court justice."
Brownback Comments on Meeting with Sotomayor
(Republican - Kansas)
"I have serious concerns about her philosophy as it relates to an activist judiciary. Unfortunately, I did not hear anything in our meeting that allayed those concerns."
Sotomayor gets backing from Sen. Bennet
(Democrat - Colorado)
"Sen. Michael Bennet said he fully supports Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to the Supreme Court and would likely vote to confirm her later this summer."
Lieberman Statement on Meeting with Judge Sotomayor
(Independent - Connecticut)
"I was struck by her wealth of experience, her depth of knowledge of the law, and her appreciation for the role of a judge. There is no question that she possesses a profound understanding of the judicial system and an unyielding commitment to the Constitution."
Senator Roland W. Burris Meets with Supreme Court Nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor
(Democrat - Illinois)
“Judge Sotomayor is one of the most capable and accomplished nominees to have been considered for the high court. I congratulate President Obama on his selection of Judge Sotomayor, and am confident she will uphold the rule of law with both compassion and wisdom.”
“As a former Attorney General, myself, I am impressed with Judge Sotomayor’s background as a big-city prosecutor, a corporate litigator, and as a trial judge. If confirmed, she will not only bring meaningful diversity to the court, but also an appreciation for the real-life effects of judicial rulings.”
Sen. Reid: Life experience not at odds with judicial ability
(Democrat - Nevada)
I had the pleasure of meeting her. I came away convinced that Sotomayor has always been guided by, above all else, the rule of law. But her background has given her an insight into how an abstract ruling can affect the daily lives of millions."
SHAHEEN STATEMENT FOLLOWING MEETING WITH SOTOMAYOR
(Democrat - New Hampshire)
"All these qualities will serve her well as our next Supreme Court Justice. I look forward to a fair and swift confirmation for Judge Sotomayor to the Supreme Court."
Landrieu Meets With Supreme Court Nominee Sonia Sotomayor
(Democrat - Louisiana)
"In addition to having an impressive professional resume, her personal journey from the Bronx projects to the federal bench is truly extraordinary. Judge Sotomayor is a historic choice who will bring a wealth of experience and added diversity to the nation's highest court. I have confidence in her fair-mindedness, and I intend to support her Senate confirmation."
Kaufman Meets With Supreme Court Nominee Sonia Sotomayor
(Democrat - Delaware)
"My meeting with Judge Sotomayor this afternoon confirmed my belief that the President has selected a nominee with just the sort of experience and intellect to make an excellent Supreme Court Justice. She is as impressive in person as she is on her resume. But she understands that upholding the Constitution requires more than just intelligence - it requires an appreciation of how one's decisions affect ordinary Americans.
As the Senate continues its good faith exercise of its duty to ‘advise and consent,' I hope my colleagues will choose to focus on the quality and merits of Judge Sotomayor's judicial philosophy and approach. In the end, this entire process should be focused on a single, critical goal: ensuring the President's nominee has the integrity, intellect, experience, judgment, and wisdom to enable her to serve all Americans, and the rule of law, on our nation's highest court."
Boxer Statement on Meeting with Judge Sonia Sotomayor
(Democrat - California)
"This meeting reinforced what I felt when President Obama first announced her nomination, which is that he has picked a highly qualified, impressive woman.
I feel very comfortable with this nomination and believe Judge Sotomayor will be a much-needed addition to the U.S. Supreme Court. She will bring wisdom and compassion to the Court’s decisions while upholding the rule of law."