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Did You Know...

Senate Confirms the Nomination of Judge Sandra Day O’Connor


A few days after Associate Justice Potter Stewart retired in July 1981, President Ronald Reagan announced his intention to nominate Judge Sandra Day O’Connor of Arizona to serve as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, fulfilling his campaign promise to appoint the first woman to the Supreme Court. On August 19, 1981, President Reagan formally submitted O’Connor’s name to the U.S. Senate and confirmation hearings were held the following month. As part of her opening statement before the Senate Judiciary Committee, O’Connor said, “I happily share the honor with millions of American women of yesterday and today whose abilities and conduct have given me this opportunity for service.” On September 21, 1981, the Senate confirmed the nomination 99-0 and she took her seat on the Bench on September 25. Justice O’Connor retired from the Supreme Court on January 31, 2006.

 

Judge Sandra Day O’Connor testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee, September 9, 1981, with Arizona Senators Barry Goldwater (left) and Dennis Deconcini (right).
Judge Sandra Day O’Connor testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee, September 9, 1981, with Arizona Senators Barry Goldwater (left) and Dennis Deconcini (right).
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