Ritter appoints gay Latina to Supreme Court

Gov. Bill Ritter today appointed Monica Marquez to the Colorado Supreme Court. Marquez, 41, will be the first openly gay Supreme Court justice in Colorado. As the 101st appointee to the court, she will also be the first Latina.

Marquez, a graduate of Yale Law School, is a deputy attorney general with the Colorado Attorney General’s office. She oversees the state services section.

“I am both humbled and deeply honored to be appointed to the Colorado Supreme Court,” Marquez said. “I look forward to serving the State of Colorado in this new capacity, and I promise to bring an exceptional work ethic, a collaborative spirit, an open mind, and a reverence for the rule of law.”

Audio of the news conference is available here

“One Colorado celebrates the appointment of Monica Marquez to the Colorado Supreme Court. With her extensive experience and a deep understanding of the Colorado judiciary, she brings a unique, fresh perspective to the court. The bi-partisan support for her nomination from Attorney General [John] Suthers to Secretary of State [Bernie] Buescher demonstrates her commitment to a fair and impartial judiciary,” said Brad Clark, executive director of One Colorado.

Scot Kersgaard has been managing editor of a political newspaper, editor and co-owner of a ski town newspaper, executive editor of eight high-tech magazines (where he worked with current Apple CEO Tim Cook), deputy press secretary to a U.S. Senator, and an outdoors columnist at the Rocky Mountain News. He has an English degree from the University of Washington. He was awarded a fellowship to study internet journalism at the University of Maryland's Knight Center for Specialized Journalism. He was student body president in college. He spends his free time hiking and skiing.

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