Franken Presides over Sotomayor Vote

By Lindsey Ellerson

Aug 6, 2009 3:17pm

ABC News’ Rick Klein reports: He’s a real senator now — not just someone who plays one on TV — and he was in the spotlight when it mattered most. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., was presiding over the Senate chamber this afternoon when the Senate voted 68-31 to confirm Judge Sonia Sotamayor as the nation’s first Latino Supreme Court justice. Franken was Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s choice for the plum opportunity. Junior lawmakers from the majority party typically preside over the Senate chamber — mundane duty except during the highest-profile votes.
Franken, who gave his maiden Senate speech Wednesday in support of Sotomayor, seemed a bit flummoxed by Senate rules as the roll call began. But with some help from the parliamentarian, the vote commenced, and Sotamayor was easily confirmed, and Franken got to make the formal announcement. Franken, you’ll recall, famously played the part of a senator during Supreme Court nomination hearings back during his “Saturday Night Live” days.

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