Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor was easily confirmed in a 68-31 vote. Nine Republicans joined a unanimous Democratic caucus in supporting her nomination.
She will be sworn in at the Supreme Court by Chief Justice John Roberts on Saturday. Sotomayor was confirmed after senators spent a final day of debate rehashing the main arguments for and against her.
President Obama, who selected Sotomayor on May 26, said he was “deeply gratified” by the Senate vote.