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California college student inspired by Sotomayor

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A California college student traveled to Washington looking for a role model. She found one at today’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing: federal appeals judge Sonia Sotomayor, the first Latina nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court. KPCC’s Washington Correspondent Kitty Felde reports.

Kitty Felde: This summer, Cindia Velasco is working as an intern with Common Cause in Washington. The Cal State Fullerton political science major dreams of becoming a state supreme court justice. Velasco was thrilled to join a long line of spectators who heard Sonia Sotomayor tell senators on the Judiciary Committee the story of her life.

Cindia Velasco: I mean, it’s very inspirational as a Latina and as a female, and I just wanted to show my support. You know, you always strive and you always hear about, you know, a chance of succeeding and the American dream, but there’s someone right in front you that actually did it.

Felde: In her opening statement, Judge Sotomayor said she’d received letters that professed a similar belief in that American dream. She told senators that the U.S. Constitution makes the dream possible, and that she seeks the “honor of upholding the Constitution as a justice on the Supreme Court.”