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Governor Ron DeSantis nominates Judge Barbara Lagoa to Florida Supreme Court

Posted at 10:45 AM, Jan 09, 2019

MIAMI, Fla. — One day after his inauguration, Governor Ron DeSantis has made the first of his three picks for the Florida Supreme Court.

On Wednesday, DeSantis nominated Judge Barbara Lagoa. He made the announcement at the Freedom Tower in downtown Miami. He was joined by Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nunez.

Lagoa currently serves on the Third District Court of Appeals. She was born in Miami and graduated from Florida International University. She is the first Cuban-American woman to serve on Miami's appeals court.

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"Judge Lagoa's credentials are impeccable," said DeSantis.

The republican governor will select two more candidates as he replaces three retiring Supreme Court justices: Barbara Pariente, Fred Lewis and Peggy Quince.