As Governor-elect DeSantis gets ready to take on the Governorship from term-elected Governor Rick Scott, he’s made more announcements concerning his inaugural committee leadership and the Supreme Court Justice picks that he has in mind.Speaking on the Inaugural Committee, it will be chaired by Brian and Kathryn Ballard, and it will be co-chaired by Stanley and Gay Hart Gaines and Bill and Lys Rubin.
The DeSantises commented that “We are excited to announce this special group of Florida leaders who have graciously agreed to serve on the 2019 Inaugural Committee. The 2019 Inauguration will be a celebration of our great state as we move forward together toward continued success. The Inaugural Committee will play a critical role in organizing inclusive inaugural events which reflect the diversity and uniqueness of Florida.”
In terms of the Florida Supreme Court Justice picks, Governor DeSantis must choose from a list of contenders to replace justices Fred Lewis, Barbara Pariente and Peggy Quince who are stepping down from their position because they have reached the mandatory retirement age. Their term ends on January 8th, which is also the day that Governor DeSantis assumes office.
In a statement, calling the group of nominees “talented and highly qualified individuals,” he said that he wanted to follow in Governor Scott’s footsteps by picking an “outstanding legacy” of judicial appointments.
DeSantis added that “I look forward to his counsel as I work to evaluate each nominee to ensure that the next three justices appointed to the Florida Supreme Court will respect our Constitution and the rule of law and serve our state with distinction.”Out of 59 applicants, there are 11 candidates that DeSantis will be choosing from. The ages range from 37 to 54.
In addition, two of the nominees are women, two identify as hispanic and one identifies as an Asian-American.
The nominees are: Circuit Judge Bruce Kyle, Carlos G. Muniz, Jamie Rutland Grosshans, Jonathan Gerber, Timothy Osterhaus, Jeffrey T. Kuntz, Anuraag Singhal, Samuel Salario, Barbara Lagoa, John D. Couriel and Robert J. Luck.