Sonia Sotomayor was confirmed this afternoon as the nation's 111th Supreme Court justice and the first Hispanic on the court by a 68-31 vote.
Earlier this week, Sen. Kit Bond said "she has the accomplishments and qualities that have always meant Senate confirmation for such a nomination." In June, Sen. Claire McCaskill praised Sotomayor's experience and record. "The nominee that we have has stood at the bar and sat on the bench ruling on matters of evidence, ruling on matters of law," McCaskill said then. "I am proud of the fact that she has this experience."