Political notebook: Marin pleased to see Latina nominated for supreme court justice

Earlier this decade, Pedro Marin made Georgia history, becoming the first Latino Democrat elected to the state House of Representatives.

This weekend, he watched with pride as the first Latina was nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court.

"The nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor for the United States Supreme Court by President Obama is yet another example of the leadership and vision he offers the people of America," Marin said. "As a Puerto Rican, public servant and citizen of this great country, I am ecstatic that Judge Sotomayor will become the first Latina to serve in the Supreme Court. This is a great day for our nation."

Marin, who lives in Duluth, said he admires Sotomayor's story of living the American dream and said she should serve as a model for the nation.

"The fact that Judge Sotomayor came from a working class family in the Bronx and through hard work and natural talent was able to graduate summa cum laude from Princeton University and become editor of the Yale Law Review at Yale law school is a testament to the human spirit," he said, adding that diversity on the bench is also a plus.

Marin doesn't have a vote in the confirmation process, but Marietta Republican U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson will.

"I look forward to a thorough examination and debate of her credentials and legal views during the Senate confirmation process," Isakson said in a statement while traveling in Africa on Senate business. "I believe a qualified judge is one who understands the value and the strength and the power of the Constitution of the United States of America, who will rule based on the law, and who will not legislate based on the position."