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Vice President Joe Biden to be sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor

7:27 AM, Jan 4, 2013   |    comments
Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor will administer the oath to Vice President Biden.(Photo: Cliff Owen, AP)
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WASHINGTON -- Vice President Joe Biden will be sworn into office for a second term by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the first Hispanic Supreme Court justice.

The information that Biden had selected Sotomayor was released to the Gannett Washington Bureau on Thursday by the Presidential Inaugural Committee.

President Obama will be sworn in again by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., the committee said. It's traditional for chief justices to swear in the president, but officiants have varied for recent vice presidents.

"I believed strongly that she would make a great justice, and it was one of the greatest pleasures of my career to be involved in her selection to the court," Biden said of Sotomayor in a statement. "From the first time I met her, I was impressed by Justice Sotomayor's commitment to justice and opportunity for all Americans, and she continues to exemplify those values today. Above all, I'm happy for the chance to be sworn in by a friend -- and someone I know will continue to do great things."

Biden's choice of Sotomayor could be a nod to the Hispanic community, which was instrumental in Obama's re-election. Obama has pledged to make immigration reform a priority during this administration.

Sotomayor, of New York, was a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit when Obama nominated her to succeed retiring Supreme Court Justice David Souter in 2009.

Biden, who presided over six Supreme Court confirmation hearings as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, played a key role advising Obama during the vetting process for Sotomayor, and helped lobby for her confirmation.

Sotomayor will administer the oath of office to Biden at a private ceremony on Sunday, Jan. 20, and at a public ceremony the following day on the west front of the U.S. Capitol.

Nicole Gaudiano, Gannett Washington Bureau

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