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08 / 06 / 2009
For Immediate Release 
Contact:  Jason Llorenz 202-434-8070

WASHINGTON, DC – The National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators (NHCSL) applauds the United States Senate’s vote to confirm Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the nation’s highest court. Representative Joseph Miro (DE), NHCSL’s President, calls the historic confirmation “a proud moment for the entire nation, and an especially sparkling moment for Latinos, women, and all communities who have worked to achieve full representation in American civic life. Judge Sotomayor is a shining example of the results achievable through hard work, study and perseverance.”

Elizabeth Burgos, NHCSL Executive Director, said, “Judge Sotomayor’s confirmation is a leap forward. We have the first-ever Latina Supreme Court Justice, whose life story, experience and qualifications embolden all Americans to believe that no barrier is unbreakable. Undoubtedly, the Supreme Court will be strengthened by the character, judgment, and intellect of its newest associate justice.

NHCSL’s membership of over 300 Hispanic state legislators lauds the confirmation of the first Latina to the nation’s highest court -- a long-awaited goal of the Latino community. Judge Sotomayor will strengthen the court as a faithful steward of the rule of law and a jurist who brings a real understanding of diverse American life.

The NHCSL is the premier national association of Hispanic state legislators working to design and implement policies and procedures that will improve the quality of life for Hispanics throughout the country. NHCSL was founded in 1989 as a nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)3 with the mission to be the most effective voice for the more than 300 Hispanic legislators. For more information visit www.nhcsl.org.