Judge Sonia Sotomayor is an appeals court judge in New York, appointed to the 2nd Circuit by President Clinton in 1998. She will be only the third woman in history to sit on the court, and the first Hispanic.
Of course, the wingnuttosphere is already full of exploding heads:
Wendy E. Long, counsel to the Judicial Conformation Network, criticized her support for "quotas" and "racial preferences." She called Sotomayor "a liberal judicial activist of the first order who thinks her own personal political agenda is more important than the law as written."
This is gonna be fun. Let's hope Minnesota finally gets to seat their 2nd Senator, and not let the dinosaur that is the GOP make a mockery of the process.
Sotomayor, Ouote (from 1997 nomination hearing): "I don't believe we should bend the Constitution under any circumstance. It says what it says. We should do honor to it."