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Sotomayor hearings: Nominee addresses Senate committee

July 13, 2009 | 11:55 am

Soto Finally, the committee (and the rest of the country) began to hear from the nominee herself.

In her prepared remarks to the Senate Judiciary Committee today, Sotomayor, who is 55 and divorced, introduced herself and gave a little taste of how she will be handling herself when she is questioned by senators, starting Tuesday.

First, though, she thanked her mom. Oh yeah, and the guy who nominated her:

“There are countless family members, friends, mentors, colleagues and clerks who have done so much over the years to make this day possible. I am deeply appreciative for their love and support.

"I want to make one special note of thanks to my mom. I am here today because of her aspirations and sacrifices for both my brother, Juan, and me. Mom, I love that we are sharing this together.

"I am very grateful to the president and humbled to be here today as a nominee to the United States Supreme Court.”

-- Robin Abcarian

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Photo: Nominee Sotomayor is sworn in on Capitol Hill before addressing the Senate Judiciary Committee. Credit: Gerald Herbert / Associated Press