Incoming Florida governor given finalists for Supreme Court
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A statewide panel is giving Governor-elect Ron DeSantis a list of 11 finalists to consider for the Florida Supreme Court.
Three justices are being forced to leave the state Supreme Court in early January due to age limits. The high court recently ruled the new justices will be selected by DeSantis and not Gov. Rick Scott.
The list of finalists includes Carlos Muniz, the general counsel for the U.S. Department of Education. Muniz once worked as chief of staff for Attorney General Pam Bondi and served as a top aide to former Gov. Jeb Bush.
Nine of the 11 finalists are currently serving as either appeals court or circuit court judges in Florida.
In a statement, DeSantis called the finalists “highly qualified.” He also said that would seek advice from Scott about who to pick.