October 30, 2020

Who is Justice Barbara Lagoa?

President Trump is fully aware of his Constitutional right and privilege as President of the United States to nominate a replacement for the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. He tweeted over the weekend:

We were put in this position of power and importance to make decisions for the people who so proudly elected us, the most important of which has long been considered to be the selection of United States Supreme Court Justices. We have this obligation, without delay!

The president also promised to nominate a woman, and the two women at the top of his list are Amy Coney Barrett and Justice Barbara Lagoa. This article will focus on Lagoa.

Florida governor Ron DeSantis (R) appointed Lagoa to Florida’s Supreme Court. According to her profile on the Florida Supreme Court website:

On January 9, 2019, she became the first Latina and the first Cuban American woman appointed to serve on the Florida Supreme Court.  Prior to her appointment by Governor Ron DeSantis to the Florida Supreme Court, Governor Jeb Bush appointed her in June of 2006 to serve on the Third District Court of Appeal.

At that court, she became the first Hispanic woman and the first Cuban American woman appointed to serve on the Third District Court of Appeal.  On January 1, 2019, she became the first Hispanic female Chief Judge of the Third District Court of Appeal.

Lagoa was then nominated by President Trump to serve on the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals and was easily confirmed by 80% of the Senate. According to Fox News:

Lagoa was overwhelmingly approved by the Senate when she was confirmed to the 11th Circuit bench with a vote of 80-15 in November 2019.

Lagoa’s personal story is compelling to freedom-loving Americans. Her parents fled Fidel Castro’s Cuba to raise their family in America. She tells the quintessentially American success story in her own words:

Over 50 years ago, my parents, like so many others, came to this country from Cuba to start rebuilding their lives in a land that offered them opportunity, but more importantly, freedom. I know that the farthest thing from their minds when they arrived here with only the clothes on their back and their education was that their only child would be here standing today with the governor of Florida at an event like this today, especially since my father had to give up his dream of becoming a lawyer.

How conservative is she? Her Cuban experience strongly influences her allegiance to the Constitution. Lagoa expressed her judicial philosophy during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing:

If we are not bound by what the Constitution means and it is ever changing, then we are no different than the country that my parents fled from, which is Cuba. Because Cuba has a constitution and a bill of rights and it means nothing. Because there is no one to hold it and to say this is what the definition of this constitution means if it is always ever changing.
The principles that were articulated in the (US) Constitution at the time of ratification have a meaning — that meaning is constant. What changes is the application of that meaning to new things.

Lagoa, 52, is married to Paul C. Huck Jr. and has three daughters. If appointed to the high court, she would be 8 years younger than Ruth Bader Ginsburg was when President Bill Clinton nominated her.

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26 Responses

  1. COME ON GRAHAM and McCONNELL Get ONE to TRUMP to SIGN ASAP ..POST TURTLES CRAZIER THAN THER ARE TODAY !!!
    JUST NO MORE “ROBERTS”

  2. Hurry and appoint the candidate so the Senate can vote. You have several nominees, take a younger one.
    That will stay on the bench for 30-40 years!

  3. Absolutely get another constitutionalist judge one that will ACTUALLY FOLLOW THE LAW AS IT IS WRITTEN NOT AS THEY FEEL IT SHOULD BE the last thing we need is another Justice Roberts we need a true Constitutionalist Justice to replace R.B.G.

  4. Sounds like she is a winner to us conservatives, to the liberal/democrats she is a b***h, w***e, and anything else they can make up to say about her. No one that Trump appoints will be acceptable to the dems, even if Trump appointed Hillary the dems would be against it because Trump did it.

  5. We need someone more conservative. I like what Any stands for. She’s anti abortions. Lagos I don’t believe is.? Innocent babies have been murdered for too long. Time to overturn Roe vs Wade. Keep our guns and ammo.

  6. Yes, I agree with our President for such a good choice, for a grand lady as she is. She will make a excellent member for our highest court in USA.

  7. If President Trump thinks she is a good candidate then he should nominate her now because we all know the democrats will try to smear her name and do the same thing they did to judge Kavanaugh because they are such evil people all because they hate TRUMP. I have to say this f=#k the democrats and do what needs to be done now VOTE NOW Republicans we are counting on you.

  8. I say either nomanate her or Barrett and get them appointed. Then expand the supreme court to say 15 and get the other one in along with 6 other conservatives. That would stop the democrats in their tracks forever.

  9. I think his choices are really good. I really like her n think what her family went through means she’ll do a great job for many years.

  10. Nominating her could cement the Hispanic vote in FL. I’m sure the Pres Trump is considering that point of view also, apparently the non Hispanic voters don’t object otherwise the governor’s future would suffer.

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