Women and Latino voters are two of the most sought-after demographics for both of the major political parties, but Hispanic women account for only 1 percent of elected officials nationwide. Here are the highest-ranking Latinas in federal and state government.
Justice Sonya Sotomayor Sotomayor is the first Hispanic justice and the third woman to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court. A Yale Law School graduate, Sotomayor started her legal career as an assistant district attorney in New York. President George H.W. Bush nominated her to the U.S. District Court in 1991, and she was serving on the Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit when President Obama tapped her for the high court in 2009. Steve Petteway/AP Buy Photo