Gavin Newsom nominates first gay, Black man to CA Supreme Court
California is a long way from Washington, D.C.
While tensions build over Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, California Governor Gavin Newsom made history Monday when he announced the nomination of Martin J. Jenkins for Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court.
If confirmed, Jenkins, 66, would become the first openly gay man and third Black man to serve on the state’s highest court.
During the nomination ceremony, Newsom cited Jenkins’ “inner strength, grace and passion” among his strengths.
Jenkins gave thanks two two previous Black justices who served before him — Wiley Manuel and Allen Broussard.
“I understand it has been 29 years since an African American man has served on the high court and I wouldn’t be here today without the support and mentorship of these men,” he said.