09/12/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/12/2019 17:48
Tallahassee, Fla. - Today, Governor Ron DeSantis and Florida leaders applauded President Donald Trump for nominating Florida Supreme Court Justices Barbara Lagoa and Robert Luck to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has jurisdiction over federal cases originating in the states of Alabama, Florida and Georgia. President Trump is nominating Justices Lagoa and Luck for the vacancies created by Judge Gerald Tjoflat, appointed by President Gerald Ford in 1975, and Judge Stanley Marcus, appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1997, who have announced their intentions to take senior status on the court.
'President Trump has demonstrated great judgment in nominating Justices Barbara Lagoa and Robert Luck to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit,' said Governor DeSantis. 'I appointed these two Justices to the Florida Supreme Court for their demonstrated understanding of the Constitution and the appropriate role of the judiciary. We are proud of these two Floridians who have earned the respect of many for being great jurists and public servants. They will serve our nation well.'
'Justices Barbara Lagoa and Robert Luck are extremely well-qualified candidates for the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and I applaud President Trump for their nominations,' said Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez. 'Their brilliant legal minds and vast experience gives me great confidence that they will uphold the Constitution and rule of law with honor and integrity in their new roles.'
'Congratulations to Justice Lagoa and Justice Luck on their appointment to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals,' said Senate President Bill Galvano. 'These appointments by President Trump recognize the quality of justices selected by Governor DeSantis. The Governor's commitment to appointing judges who respect the separation of powers as defined in our Constitution will now benefit the citizens of not only Florida but of the entire Eleventh Circuit.'
'The President has once again shown his thoughtfulness in selecting judicial nominees,' said Florida House Speaker Jose Oliva. 'Justices Lagoa and Luck are exemplars of judicial discipline, my sincerest congratulations to them. Governor DeSantis is also to be commended for his judgment on having appointed Lagoa and Luck to Florida's Supreme Court. This is a proud day for Florida and a great opportunity for the Federal court system.'
'President Trump has made a wise choice in appointing Justice Barbara Lagoa to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals,' said Senator Manny Díaz Jr. 'Justice Lagoa understands the proper role of the judiciary and respects the separation of power between the branches of government. Governor DeSantis made an excellent choice in appointing Justice Lagoa to the Florida Supreme Court and I trust her deep understanding of the Constitution and love for country will continue to serve Florida and the nation well.'
'In making Justice Barbara Lagoa his first appointment to the Florida Supreme Court, Governor Ron DeSantis recognized Justice Lagoa's important work as a jurist which has won her the respect of her colleagues,' said U.S. Executive Director of the Inter-American Development BankEliot Pedrosa. 'This has been very wisely affirmed by President Donald J. Trump who has nominated Justice Lagoa to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. This is a day of significance for Floridians and the nation as Justice Lagoa will continue to serve with unfailing love of country and the Constitution.'
'Justice Robert Luck is principled, honorable and well-qualified jurist and President Trump could not have nominated a better candidate,' said Representative Randy Fine. 'He is a dedicated public servant who I have no doubt will continue to faithfully uphold the rule of law on the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.'
''I am privileged to have known Justice Luck for years; we were law students together at the University of Florida, and law clerks together for the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit,' said Representative Ben Diamond. 'I am so proud on his nomination to the Eleventh Circuit. I know he will serve our federal judiciary with honor, fairness and distinction.'