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May 1 , 2009

Statement of Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez on Justice Souter’s Retirement from Supreme Court

“Justice Souter is a dedicated public servant who brought independent thinking to the court. His sensible approach to legal issues should serve as a model for future nominees and justices. With his retirement President Obama has an historic opportunity to shatter the glass ceiling and appoint the first Hispanic to the Supreme Court. There are a number of qualified candidates, including Judge Sonia Sotomayor, to choose from. I look forward to working with the President to appoint a justice that is both committed to constitutional principles and reflective of our nation’s diversity.”