BREAKING NEWS: Judge Barbara Lagoa Is DeSantis' First Supreme Court Pick

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Judge Barbara Lagoa, a rock-solid, rule-of-law conservative from Miami and the first Cuban-American woman to serve on the Third District Court of Appeal, is Gov. Ron DeSantis' first of three Supreme Court selections.

DeSantis, standing with Lagoa and Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nuñez at the Freedom Tower on Biscayne Boulevard in Miami, made the announcement at 10 a.m. It was one of his first orders of business in office and one of his highest priorities.

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She is the first Hispanic woman in history to serve on the Florida Supreme Court. Her appointment, replacing retiring Justice Fred Lewis, is effective immediately.

"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. "It is my pleasure and my privilege to appoint Barbara Lagoa to the Florida Supreme Court with full confidence she will serve our state with the utmost integrity."

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Lagoa, 51, had the most appellate experience among the 11 justice nominees. In June 2006 Gov. Jeb Bush appointed her to fill the Third DCA vacancy created by the retirement of Judge David Levy. Most recently, she was the chief justice-elect for the Third DCA.

Over her 12 years on the appellate bench, Justice Lagoa has heard more than 11,000 cases and issued more than 470 written opinions.

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Before her appointment, she worked for three years as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of Florida. While a practicing lawyer, she was admitted to practice by the Florida Bar, the United States District Courts for the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. She was also a member of many local, state, and national professional groups, including the Dade County and American...
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