By Karli Barnett

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Governor Ron DeSantis has appointed appellate Judge Robert J. Luck to the Florida Supreme Court.

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“Not only will he be a formidable force on the Supreme Court, I think he will have the respect of all his colleagues,” said DeSantis when announcing his choice Monday in Miami.

The North Miami native was appointed to the Third District Court of Appeals by Governor Rick Scott in March of 2017 and has a long list of qualifications.

“He’s worked in the legislative branch, he’s clerked for a federal judge, he served as a federal prosecutor and has been a judge at both the trial and appellate levels,” said DeSantis.

Luck said this day for him was about more than a title.

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“All I’ve wanted to do was give back to the state that has given so much to me and other people who come here looking for a better life,” said Luck.

The Governor announced the decision at Judge Luck’s childhood school, Scheck Hillel Community School, where his children now attend.

“Two generations after my grandfather sliced brisket at a deli. One generation after my father-in-law slept on the floor of his boss’s t-shirt.

Last week, DeSantis appointed Barbara Lagoa, who had been chief judge of the 3rd District Court of Appeal, to the Supreme Court.

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DeSantis will make one more appointment to the Supreme Court as he replaces justices Barbara Pariente, R. Fred Lewis, and Peggy Quince. They all stepped down last week because they reached the mandatory retirement age.

Karli Barnett