Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor will administer the oath to Vice President Biden.(Photo: Cliff Owen, AP)
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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