Movers & Shakers

Governor DeSantis appointments:

Supreme Court:

  • Robert J. Luck, Miami-Dade, earned his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Florida. He was appointed to the 3rd District Court of Appeals by former Governor Rick Scott in 2017. Before his appointment he served on the 11th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida, presiding in the criminal, civil, and appellate divisions.
  • Barbara Lagoa, Miami, is the first Hispanic woman to serve on the Florida Supreme Court. Justice Lagoa earned her undergraduate degree from Florida International University and earned her J.D. from Columbia University School of Law. She was appointed to the Third District Court of Appeals by former Governor Jeb Bush in 2006.
  • Carlos Muñiz, Tallahassee, is first Nicaraguan-American to serve on the Florida Supreme Court. Muñiz earned his BA from the University of Virginia and his J.D from Yale Law School. He served as deputy attorney general and chief of staff for Attorney General Pam Bondi from 2011-2014 and was nominated by President Donald Trump in February of 2018 and later confirmed by the United States Senate to serve as general counsel of the U.S. Department of Education.

Agency for Health Care Administration Appointed secretary was Mary Mayhew, who replaced outgoing secretary Justin Senior. Mayhew worked for three months as the federal Medicaid director and previously ran Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services.

Agency for Persons with Disabilities Reappointed director was Barbara Palmer. Palmer was first appointed director by former Governor Scott in 2012.

Broward College District Board of Trustees Appointed were Dr. Shobha Gupta, Fort Lauderdale, a physician at Southern Medical Service; and David Maymon, Fort Lauderdale, founder and chief executive officer of Sunshine Kids Pediatric Care, LLC.

Broward County Sheriff Gregory Tony has been named Sheriff, replacing Scott Israel. Israel was suspended by Governor DeSantis due to his handling of the mass shooting in Parkland.

Broward County Supervisor of Elections Appointed was Pete Antonacci, president and CEO of Enterprise Florida. He replaces Brenda Snipes, who was suspended by former Governor Scott following the 2018 elections. Snipes resigned effective January 4th.