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Gov. DeSantis Appoints First Hispanic Woman To FL Supreme Court

Florida Supreme Court Building in Tallahassee via Ebyabe/Wikimedia Commons
Florida Supreme Court Building in Tallahassee via Ebyabe/Wikimedia Commons

On his first day in office, newly sworn in Governor Ron DeSantis is already making decisions that will have a long-lasting impact. DeSantis has appointed Florida’s Third District Court of Appeals Judge Barbara Lagoa to the highest court in the state.

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Newly appointed Justice Barbara Lagoa via Florida Third District Court of Appeals.[/caption]

Born in Miami to Cuban immigrant parents, Lagoa will be the first Hispanic woman to serve on the Florida Supreme Court. She said she wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for former Governor Jeb Bush.

"I also want to thank Governor Jeb Bush for appointing me to the Third District Court of Appeal more than 12 years ago. Without his confidence in me, I would not be standing here today," Lagoa said.

Lagoa was the first Cuban American woman to serve on the Thirds District Court of Appeals when she was appointed by Bush in 2006. At a press conference announcing her appointment, she stressed the rule of law.

"In our great country and our great state, we are governed by the rule of law," Lagoa said. "The consistent and equal application of the law to all litigants regardless of a judge’s personal preferences. Unlike the country my parents fled, we are a nation of laws, not of men."

She replaces retiring Justice R. Fred Lewis on Florida’s Supreme Court.

After a brief stint as Morning Edition Producer at The Public’s Radio in in Rhode Island, Talia Blake returned to WMFE, the station that grew her love for public radio. She graduated with a double-major in Broadcast Journalism and Psychology from the University of Central Florida (Go Knights!). While at UCF, she was an intern for WMFE’s public affairs show, Intersection. In her spare time, Talia is an avid foodie and enjoys working out.