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.
“Judge Lagoa’s credentials are impeccable,” DeSantis said.
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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