Congressman Matt Gaetz Supports Appointment of Barbara Lagoa to Florida Supreme Court

January 9, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Congressman Matt Gaetz (FL-01) issued the following statement today, following Governor Ron DeSantis’ appointment of Barbara Tekoa to Florida’s Supreme Court.

“Even though he has only been on the job for one day, Governor Ron DeSantis has already made an exceptional choice: appointing Barbara Lagoa to Florida’s Supreme Court. Justice Lagoa is committed to upholding the law as written, rather than ‘legislating from the bench’ — fulfilling a promise Governor DeSantis made on the campaign trail and during his inaugural speech. She is a tremendously well-qualified judge, with vast experience on the appellate court. As the first Hispanic-American woman ever to serve on Florida’s Supreme Court, her appointment is significant and historic. I extend my deepest congratulations to Justice Lagoa, and commend Governor DeSantis on his excellent choice,” Rep. Gaetz said.