With Judge Lagoa Confirmed, Trump Flips 11th Circuit to Majority GOP-Appointed Judges

With the appointment of Barbara Lagoa to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, President Trump has officially flipped the 11th court of appeals to a majority of GOP appointed judges.

Per Wikipedia, Lagoa was born in Miami in 1967. She grew up in the majority Cuban city of Hialeah outside Miami. She received her Bachelor of Arts cum laude in 1989 from Florida International University where she majored in English and was a member of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society. She received her Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School in 1992. She was an Associate Editor of the Columbia Law Review.[6]

In 2000, she was one of a dozen mostly pro bono lawyers who represented the Miami family of Elian Gonzalez.

In 2003, she joined the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida as an Assistant United States Attorney, working in the Civil, Major Crimes and Appellate Sections.

She was appointed to the Third District Court of Appeal by Governor Jeb Bush in June 2006 and became Chief Judge on January 1, 2019. On January 9, 2019, she was appointed to the Supreme Court of Florida by Governor Ron DeSantis.

Fox News reports the Senate confirmed yet another of President Trump’s picks to a federal circuit court seat Wednesday in a vote that tilts the balance of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals to a GOP-appointed majority.

The 11th Circuit is now the third court to undergo such a transformation during Trump’s presidency.

With an 80-15 vote, the Senate confirmed Barbara Lagoa to the seat formerly held by Judge Stanley Marcus, a Clinton appointee who sat on the appeals court that handles cases from Florida, Georgia and Alabama since 1997. Lagoa, the first Cuban-American woman confirmed to the 11th Circuit, tilts that court, which was previously split between six Republican appointees and six Democratic appointees, to a GOP-appointed majority. Trump’s nominees alone now hold five of the 12 seats on the 11th Circuit.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell foreshadowed the development in a speech at the annual convention for the Federalist Society, a conservative and libertarian lawyers’ organization, last week.

He boasted about Trump and the GOP-controlled Senate flipping both the 3rd Circuit and the 2nd Circuit — which he had just completed earlier that day with the confirmation of controversial nominee Steven Menashi to the 2nd Circuit — while vowing to make judicial confirmations a priority.

This article first appeared on TheConservativeOpinion.com 

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