October 4, 2022

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.Β  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.Β  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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