U.S. Senator Susan Collins today released the following statement in reaction to the announcement that President Obama intends to nominate federal appellate Judge Sonia Sotomayor to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court:
"Judge Sotomayor has a compelling life story and a long record of judicial service that will require careful consideration for this most important appointment.
"I look forward to a timely confirmation process that is fair, thorough, and conducted with civility. Until the Judiciary Committee completes its hearings and I have the opportunity to have a discussion with Judge Sotomayor, I will withhold judgment on her nomination.
"As always in making my decisions on judicial appointees, I will evaluate the nominee's integrity, temperament, professional qualifications and accomplishments, and respect for the rule of law and precedents."