Alito confirmed by Senate, will attend State of the Union

By Steve Gonzalez | Jan 31, 2006

The United States Senate voted to confirm Samuel Anthony Alito, Jr., 55, as the 110th justice of the United States Supreme Court today with a partisan vote of 58-42.

Alito is expected to be privately sworn-in shortly before President George Bush delivers his State of the Union address this evening and will hold a public swearing-in ceremony in the East Room at the White House on Wednesday.

Alito and Chief Justice John Roberts will attend the State of the Union in the house chamber tonight.

Alito is replacing Sandra Day O'Conner, the first women ever to serve on the highest court in our land. O'Conner was the swing vote on the court.

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