A Florida native, Lagoa was the first Hispanic woman to serve on the Florida Supreme Court. At 52, Lagoa would be the youngest justice on the Supreme Court, just a few months behind one of Trump’s other nominees, Neil Gorsuch. A lifetime appointment to the court would allow her to serve for decades to come.
After graduating from Columbia Law School, Lagoa worked as a pro bono lawyer for Elian Gonzalez’s family and later as a federal prosecutor. Lagoa then spent more than a decade as a judge on a Florida appeals court before being picked by Gov. Ron DeSantis to serve on the state’s supreme court.
1) Amy Coney Barrett – Indiana, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit (Barrett was a finalist for Trump’s second high court nomination, which ultimately went to Kavanaugh.)