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January 9, 2019

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Statement from President Galvano Regarding Governor DeSantis Appointing Judge Barbara Lagoa to the Florida Supreme Court

Tallahassee —

Florida Senate President Bill Galvano (R-Bradenton) today released the following statement regarding Florida Governor Ron DeSantis appointing Judge Barbara Lagoa to the Florida Supreme Court.

“I appreciated the Governor’s comments during his inauguration yesterday in which he stressed the proper role of the judiciary, and I am confident today’s appointment of Justice Lagoa is in line with the standards the Governor laid out during his remarks. I share the Governor’s concern that in recent years the power of the judicial branch has extended beyond its limited constitutional responsibility, in many cases eroding the authority of the legislative branch. I believe democracy is at its best when each branch of government exercises both authority and restraint at the appropriate time. That concept was certainly at the heart of the many of the comments we heard from the Governor yesterday, and echoed again this morning with the appointment of Justice Lagoa.

“I offer my congratulations to Justice Lagoa and wish her well as she begins this exciting new role serving our state on the Florida Supreme Court. I also congratulate Governor DeSantis on his first Supreme Court appointment.”