Barbara Lagoa: 5 things to know about Trump's potential Supreme Court nominee
Added 09-25-20 05:11:02pm EST - “The president, who is set to unveil his pick to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Saturday, is reportedly considering five finalists, including the 52-year-old federal judge from Miami.” - News.yahoo.com
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President Trump is expected to announce Saturday his pick to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the U.S. Supreme Court. Trump has vowed to nominate a woman, and is reportedly considering five finalists, including Barbara Lagoa, a 52-year-old federal judge serving on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.
Lagoa was born in Miami, grew up in Hialeah, Fla., and earned her bachelor's degree at Florida International University. She served on the Florida Supreme Court before being appointed to the federal bench. Prominent Florida Republicans have urged Trump to choose Lagoa because they believe she could help the president in his reelection bid in a key swing state. Recent polls show Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden in a dead heat in the race for Florida’s 29 electoral votes. (Trump won Florida in 2016, edging out Hillary Clinton by less than 2 percentage points, or about 110,000 votes.)
Lagoa’s background as a Cuban-American could also help Trump, whose campaign has made outreach to Hispanic voters a priority this election cycle. Her parents fled from Cuba following Fidel Castro’s takeover of the country. Lagoa was the first Cuban-American woman to serve on Miami’s appeals court (she was appointed in 2006 by then-Florida Gov. Jeb Bush) and the first Hispanic woman on the Florida Supreme Court. She was dubbed by one pollster the “conservative Cuban version of Sonia Sotomayor,” the Supreme Court justice and one of two women currently serving on the nation’s highest court.
Lagoa would be the second Latina, after Sotomayor, to serve on the Supreme Court. And some in Trump’s orbit reportedly believe she could also help the president in Arizona and Nevada, two other swing states with large Hispanic populations.
In 2000, Lagoa was one of about a dozen mostly pro bono lawyers who represented a relative of Elián González, the 5-year-old boy found off the Florida coast after his mother had drowned trying to cross over from Cuba.
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