Sen. Bond is 7th Republican to back Sotomayor

Sen. Kit Bond (R-Mo.) announced his support for Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor on Wednesday, becoming the seventh Senate Republican to back the first Hispanic nominee to the high court.

Bond told colleagues in a floor speech that he would respect the president’s prerogative to select Supreme Court justices.

“Our people’s democracy has spoken for the change and they’re getting it,” Bond said. “Elections do have consequences.

"I do agree that Judge Sotomayor has proven herself a well-qualified jurist; I do agree that she has proven herself as a talented and accomplished student, federal prosecutor, corporate litigator, federal trial judge and federal appeals court judge; she has backing of many in the law enforcement community,” said Bond, who graduated from Sotomayor’s alma mater, Princeton University.

“I do agree that Judge Sotomayor has proven herself as a symbol of breaking through glass ceilings.”

Republican Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamClinton, Trump sharpen attacks Graham: Let special prosecutor probe Clinton emails The Trail 2016: Clinton’s ups and downs MORE (S.C.), Susan CollinsSusan CollinsPolitical bedfellows of 2016 may be strange but not unheard of Obama creates new national monument in Maine GOP senator considering Libertarian ticket MORE (Maine), Olympia Snowe (Maine), Mel Martinez (Fla.), Richard Lugar (Ind.) and Lamar AlexanderLamar AlexanderTenn. senator blasts 'intolerable increase' in ObamaCare prices GOP Rep. Black wins primary fight GOP senators to donors: Stick with us regardless of Trump MORE (Tenn.) have pledged to vote for Sotomayor.

Republican lawmakers from states with large Hispanic populations, however, have voiced their opposition to Sotomayor, including Sens. John CornynJohn CornynThe Hill's 12:30 Report Top Republican questions Lynch on Clinton Foundation probe Baby dies of Zika in Texas MORE and Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas, which is 32 percent Hispanic.