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January 04, 2013

Sotomayor to swear in Biden, the first Hispanic justice to administer oath

Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., will administer the oath of office for President Obama at the Inaugural swearing-in ceremonies on Jan. 20 and Jan. 21, and Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor will administer the oath for Vice President Joseph Biden.
President Obama followed presidential precedent in choosing the Chief Justice; Biden personally selected Sotomayor, who will be the first Hispanic and fourth female judge to administer an oath of office.
Three women have previously sworn-in presidents and vice presidents: Judge Sarah T. Hughes swore-in President Johnson in 1963; Justice Sandra Day O’Connor swore-in Vice President Dan Quayle in 1989; and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg swore-in Vice President Al Gore in 1997.

Nominated to the high court by Obama in 2009, Sotomayor was the first Hispanic justice to join the court.


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