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Florida Governor Appoints New Supreme Court Justice Renatha Francis

Written by Javed Iqbal

Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of a new Florida Supreme Court justice while in West Palm Beach on Friday morning. The latest: WPBF 25 News coverage of politics It happened at 11 at the Richard & Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum. Judge Renatha Francis accepted the deal with her family and will begin the new position in September. “I know I’ve said this before on previous occasions, but I’ll say it again,” Francis said upon accepting the role, “I’m the epitome of The American Dream.” Francis will fill a vacant role left by Judge Al Lawson. To be considered, a panel of judges convenes and selects qualified names, which are then vetted before being presented to the governor. The governor then has 60 days to choose from that list. “Judge Renatha Francis has an incredible life story that epitomizes the American dream and proves that those who come to our country have the opportunity to pursue their dreams and through hard work and the application of their God-given talents, reach the highest heights in their chosen field,” said DeSantis. Video below: DeSantis announces appointment DeSantis had tapped Francis for the same job in 2020, but she did not meet the requirements to be a member of the Florida Bar for a decade. The appointment was rejected and Judge Jamie Grosshans was chosen for the role. Stay informed: Local coverage from WPBF 25 News “I am incredibly honored and humbled by Governor DeSantis’ unwavering support of my ascension to the Florida Supreme Court,” Francis said. “I may take the bench two years later than expected, but as a student of history I remain in awe of this country’s respect for the rule of law and the liberties guaranteed in the text of the United States Constitution. As a Supreme Court justice, I will apply the law as written by duly elected representatives of the people, knowing that I am a member of the judiciary in a system of separation of powers.” Francis is currently a judge in the 15th Circuit, which is Palm Beach County. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of The West Indies and her juris doctorate from Florida Coastal Law School. Francis has a husband and two young sons. There will now be a majority of 4-3 for DeSantis Justice Appointees on the Florida Supreme Court Follow us on social: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram This is a developing story and will be updated as information becomes available.

Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of a new Florida Supreme Court justice while in West Palm Beach on Friday morning.

The latest: WPBF 25 News coverage of politics

It happened at 11 a.m. at the Richard & Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum

Judge Renatha Francis accepted the appointment with her family and will begin in the new position in September.

“I know I’ve said this before on previous occasions, but I’ll say it again,” Francis said when she accepted the role, “I’m the epitome of the American dream.”

Francis will fill a vacant role left by Judge Al Lawson. To be considered, a panel of judges convenes and selects qualified names, which are then vetted before being presented to the governor. The governor then has 60 days to choose from this list.

“Judge Renatha Francis has an incredible life story that epitomizes the American Dream and proves that those who come to our country have the opportunity to pursue their dreams and, through hard work and application of their God-given talents, reach the highest heights of whatever field they choose,” DeSantis said.

Video below: DeSantis announces appointment


DeSantis had tapped Francis for the same job in 2020, but she did not meet the requirements to be a member of the Florida Bar for a decade.

The appointment was rejected and Judge Jamie Grosshans was chosen for the role.

Stay informed: Local coverage from WPBF 25 News

“I am incredibly honored and humbled by Governor DeSantis’ unwavering support of my ascension to the Florida Supreme Court,” Francis said. “I may take the bench two years later than expected, but as a student of history I remain in awe of this country’s respect for the rule of law and the liberties guaranteed in the text of the United States Constitution. As a Supreme Court justice, I will apply the law as written by duly elected representatives of the people, knowing that I am a member of the judiciary in a system of separation of powers.”

Francis is currently a judge in the 15th Circuit, which is Palm Beach County. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of The West Indies and her juris doctorate from Florida Coastal Law School. Francis has a husband and two young sons.

There will now be a 4-3 majority for DeSantis-appointed justices on the Florida Supreme Court.

Follow us on social: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

This is a developing story and will be updated as information becomes available.

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