President Donald Trump is closely considering two conservative women as an intense political battle heats up to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat on the Supreme Court.
According to people familiar with the process, one of those potential picks is Barbara Lagoa, a seasoned Florida judge with Cuban roots.
Here’s what you need to know about Lagoa:
A trailblazer for women and Latinos
A Florida native, Lagoa was the first Hispanic woman to serve on the Florida Supreme Court. If nominated to the nation’s high court by Trump and confirmed by the Senate, she would be the second Latino justice to ever serve. Current Justice Sonia Sotomayor became the first when she was nominated by former President Barack Obama.
If nominated and confirmed, Lagoa would be the fifth woman to serve on the Supreme Court.
She’s been vetted
She could serve for a long while
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.
A deep legal background
“She has been the essence of what a judge should be,” DeSantis said when he nominated her.
Lagoa is married to Paul C. Huck, Jr., an attorney. They have three daughters.
“She’s an extraordinary person. I’ve heard at length about her. She’s Hispanic and highly respected — Miami. Highly respected.”