President Barack Obama nominated liberal appeals court judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, to fill the seat of retiring Justice David Souter.
Sotomayer, 54, is the daughter of Puerto Rican immigrants and was raised in New York City’s public housing projects. She is most famous for her decision in the 1995 trial that barred Major League Baseball owners from using replaacement players and ending a strike. Her selection to the court would be the first Hispanic justice and the third female.
Obama praised Sotomayor calling her an “inspiring” woman said she has “lived out the American dream,” in reference to her humble beginnings.
“I strive never to forget the real world consequences of my decisions on individuals, business and government,” Sotomayor said in the press conference.