Listen up. It's all official now: Sonia Sotomayor was confirmed on Thursday as the nation's first Hispanic Supreme Court justice, a history-making event that is a clear victory for Latinos, and the Obama administration and the democratic party.
The third woman in court history, she'll be sworn in Saturday as the 111th justice and the first nominated by a Democrat in 15 years.
The Senate vote was 68-31 to confirm Sotomayor, President Barack Obama's first Supreme Court nominee, with Democrats unanimously behind her but most Republicans lining up in a show of opposition both for her and for the president's standards for a justice.
The 55-year-old daughter of Puerto Rican parents was raised in a South Bronx housing project and educated in the Ivy League before rising to the highest legal echelons, spending the past 17 years as a federal judge.
Sotomayor watched the vote on TV at a federal courthouse in New York City, among friends and colleagues.
Justice Sotomayor, congratulations!