For Immediate Release
August 6, 2009

Contact: Eric Wagner (213) 747-7606, ext. 4427


LOS ANGELESThe National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) commended today’s U.S. Senate vote to confirm Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination to the nation’s highest Court. According to NALEO Board President Sylvia Garcia, “The U.S. Senate recognized that Judge Sotomayor is an accomplished jurist with unparalleled experience at almost every level of our judicial system. We applaud the Senators who voted in her favor, and the Senate leadership who helped make her confirmation a reality.”

NALEO Executive Director Arturo Vargas stated, “Judge Sotomayor’s career exemplifies the wealth of talent that Latino elected and appointed leaders bring to public service throughout our nation. She will take her seat on the Court at a time when Latinos are assuming roles at the highest level of every branch of American government.”

As the first Latina on the nation’s Supreme Court, Judge Sotomayor has achieved a political milestone for the Latino community that will greatly enrich the administration of justice for all Americans. NALEO believes she shares the deep commitment that all Latinos have to makingAmerica a stronger and more just nation.

Board President Garcia concluded, “Throughout her distinguished career, Judge Sotomayor has combined a profound respect for the rule of law with careful and thoughtful analysis of the law’s impact on to day-to-day realities of our diverse nation. Judge Sotomayor will now have the opportunity to demonstrate these qualities as an Associate Justice. We congratulate her as she moves forward to shape decisions that will have a fundamental and lasting impact on America’s future. We are deeply proud of the progress her confirmation represents for our community and the entire nation.”



The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials is the leadership organization of the nation's more than 6,000 Latino elected and appointed officials.