8 Republicans still in Senate voted for Sotomayor in 1998

McClatchy NewspapersMay 26, 2009 

The Senate voted on Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor in October, 1998, when she was nominated as a federal appellate judge. And eight Republicans still in the Senate voted for her.

One, Pennsylvania's Arlen Specter, is now a Democrat. The others were Richard Lugar of Indiana, Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe of Maine, Thad Cochran of Mississippi, Judd Gregg of New Hampshire and Orrin Hatch and Robert Bennett of Utah.

Sotomayor was confirmed by a 67 to 29 vote; all the no votes were Republicans.

Among the "no"s still serving: Alabama's Jeff Sessions, top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, which will consider the nomination; and fellow committee members Charles Grassley of Iowa, and Jon Kyl of Arizona. Current Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky was also opposed.

See the roll call.

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