For a new Supreme Court Justice, Ron DeSantis need only look to his Secretary of State
Tom and Laurel Lee prepare for their next chapter as she becomes Secretary of State

Tom and Laurel Lee
Sometimes the best decisions are the easiest to make.

After more than eight months in office, Gov. Ron DeSantis will get a unique opportunity — to appoint legal eagles (within such a short span of time) to the Florida Supreme Court. He will be called on to replace newly appointed Justices Barbara Lagoa and Robert Luck.

Last week, President Donald Trump named Lagoa and Luck to serve on the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, which represents Georgia, Alabama and Florida.

On Jan. 9, 2019, DeSantis named Lagoa as the first Hispanic woman and the first Cuban American woman appointed to serve on the Court. Before joining the bench, Lagoa practiced at Greenberg Traurig, focusing on both the civil and criminal arenas.

Five days later, Jan. 14, the Governor promoted Luck from the 11th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida. Before his service on the bench, Luck was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida.

Many in the Florida legal community say the two choices will give a reliable 7-5 constitutionalism/textualism majority to the 11th Circuit.

Beyond that, DeSantis will now be charged with again appointing two more Supreme Court justices.

But DeSantis may not have to look too far. For one of these new Supreme Court appointments, the Gov. may not have to search beyond the R.A. Gray Building, where his appointed Secretary of State Laurel Lee represents an experienced and widely respected option.

Lee, a former federal prosecutor, private sector attorney and judge for the 13th Judicial Circuit, would check all of the right boxes as a DeSantis pick.

Lee began her career as an attorney for the Carlton Fields law firm from 2003-2005 when she became an assistant public defender. Lee then served as Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida until her appointment in 2013 by then-Gov. Rick Scott to a judgeship to the 13th Judicial Court of Florida.

In 2014, Lee won election to a full six-year term.

As a bonus, her husband is Florida state Sen. Tom Lee, making Lee already a DeSantis-vetted insider.

Sometimes the best decisions are the easiest to make.

Peter Schorsch

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises Media and is the publisher of, INFLUENCE Magazine, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. Previous to his publishing efforts, Peter was a political consultant to dozens of congressional and state campaigns, as well as several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella. Follow Peter on Twitter @PeterSchorschFL.


  • Steve Grabarczyk

    September 16, 2019 at 9:51 am

    Yea right, the wife of Lying Tom Lee, there’s a good appointment….NOT

    • Sarah

      September 19, 2019 at 8:27 am

      Right on point!

  • Sarah setser

    September 19, 2019 at 8:25 am

    Let’s hope her ethics are better than his. He is a follower, his decisions are based on backroom politics not what the people right in front of him, which he supposedly represents, expect him to listen and do. He’s worthless and it’s time to remove him from office.

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