Barbara Lagoa tapped as next Florida Supreme Court justice by DeSantis


January 11, 2019

Barbara Lagoa, the first Cuban-American woman to serve on Miami's appeals court, was named Wednesday morning to the Florida Supreme Court.

Newly sworn-in Gov. Ron DeSantis made the announcement in front of Miami's Freedom Tower, a symbol for Cuban immigrants arriving in South Florida. Lagoa, 52, will become the first Hispanic woman to serve on the court.

"Judge Lagoa's credentials are impeccable," DeSantis said in his first official act as governor.

It was DeSantis' first selection for Supreme Court justice in what is expected to be a conservative makeover of the state's highest court. The Republican governor will select two more candidates. He is replacing three retiring Supreme Court justices: Barbara Pariente, Fred Lewis and Peggy Quince, who often sided on liberal issues and against the Republican-controlled Legislature.

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