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Miami’s Barbara Lagoa Is The Next Florida Supreme Court Justice

Carl Juste
Miami Herald
On Wednesday, January 9, 2019 Governor Ron DeSantis, left, announces the appointment of Judge Barbara Lagoa, third from the left, to the Florida Supreme Court as his wife, Casey, second from the left, and members of Lagoa’s family look on. ";

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.

Read more at our news partner, the Miami Herald