Gov. DeSantis picks second new justice for Florida Supreme Court

Robert J. Luck, new justice on the Florida Supreme Court. Credit: Third District Court of Appeal

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday made his second pick for the Florida Supreme Court – Robert J. Luck, of the Third District Court of Appeal.

Appointed by former Gov. Rick Scott, Luck has served on the appellate court since March 2017, according to biographical material from the Third District Court of Appeal.

Among other roles, Luck has been a trial court judge and an assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida.

He was born and raised in Miami-Dade County and attended public schools there. He graduated from law school from the University of Florida, according go the bio material.

In his first pick for the Florida Supreme Court, Gov. Ron DeSantis last week appointed Barbara Lagoa  — a Cuban-American judge who is the first Hispanic woman in history to serve on the state’s high court.

DeSantis has one more pick, following the retirement of three justices on the Florida Supreme Court – Barbara Pariente, Peggy Quince and Fred Lewis – who joined the Supreme Court two decades ago.

Pariente and Lewis were appointed by the late Democrat Gov. Lawton Chiles and Quince was appointed jointly by Chiles and Republican Gov. Jeb Bush.


Diane Rado
Diane Rado has covered state and local government and public schools in six states over some 30 years, focusing on policy and investigative stories as well as legislative and political reporting. She spent most of her career at the St. Petersburg (Tampa Bay) Times and the Chicago Tribune. She has a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and did a fellowship in education reform at the University of Michigan in 1999-2000. She is married to a journalist and has three adult children.


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