Sonia Sotomayor delivered her opening statement to lawmakers on the Senate Judiciary Committee Monday as they evaulate her nomination to the Supreme Court. The text of her remarks is as prepared for delivery and released by the White House.

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Key Player: Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.

Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy, 69, is the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Leahy and the now-ranking GOP member of the committee, Jeff Sessions of Alabama, will be responsible for overseeing the upcoming Supreme Court nomination hearings.

The Senate unanimously confirmed federal judge Michael Chertoff as the nation's next Homeland Security secretary Tuesday, despite wrangling over whether he had any connection to a Justice Department memo on the treatment of terror suspects.

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