DeSantis appoints Judge Barbara Lagoa to Florida Supreme Court

    Judge Barbara Lagoa appointed to the Florida Supreme Court. (WPEC)

    One day after being sworn in, Gov. Ron DeSantis appointed Judge Barbara Lagoa as the first Hispanic woman to serve on the Florida Supreme Court.

    DeSantis made the announcement at a news conference in Miami Wednesday morning. Lagoa's appointment is effective immediately.

    Lagoa, a former federal prosecutor born in Miami, received her law degree from Columbia University in 1992. Gov. Jeb Bush first appointed Lagoa to the Third District Court of Appeal in 2006 to fill a vacancy by a retiring judge.

    "Justice Lagoa’s proven commitment to upholding the rule of law, unparalleled legal career and vast experience on the appellate bench distinguish her among the most qualified individuals to serve on our state's highest court," said DeSantis.

    Gov. DeSantis must fill two more vacancies on the state's highest court. Justices Barbara Pariente, R. Fred Lewis and Peggy Quince left the bench because they've reached the mandatory retirement age.

    DeSantis said Wednesday he'll be back in South Florida, soon.

    Two of the eleven nominees are from West Palm Beach.

    They include:

    • Jeffrey T. Kuntz, 37, a judge on the West Palm Beach-based 4th District Court of Appeal.
    • Jonathan Gerber, 50, chief judge on the West Palm Beach-based 4th District Court of Appeal.

    Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nuñez also attended Wednesday's announcement.

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