WASHINGTON -- Sonia Sotomayor can count on support from both of California's Democratic senators, who were quick to endorse President Barack Obama's nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court.
Sen. Barbara Boxer said Sotomayo's life story is "an inspiration," while Sen. Dianne Feinstein called her "a very solid and tested woman."
"President Obama has nominated an exemplary and compelling individual who has a history of bipartisan support," said Boxer.
Sotomayor would be the first Hispanic to serve on the high court, and Boxer said her story is an inspiration "not just to every Hispanic and woman, but to every American, because in this country if you work hard, you can reach your dreams."
Feinstein lauded Sotomayor's experience and called the nomination historic, noting she would be the first Latina and only the third woman ever to sit on the court. She predicted that Sotomayor will receive the required 60 votes necessary to avoid a Republican filibuster.
"Therefore, any unnecessary delay will only keep the court from getting ready for the new term and inhibit the Senate's ability to focus on other important priorities like the economy, energy and health care," Feinstein said.
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