LGBT History was made this week with the retention election of California State Supreme Court justice Martin Jenkins on November 8 and the approval of Kelli Evans to join the state's highest court by the Committee on Judicial Appointments on November 10. Jenkins, 69, was nominated to the California Supreme Court in October 2020 by Governor Gavin Newsom. Evans, 54, was nominated to the court by Newson in August 2022. The California State Supreme Court now has seven members and is amazingly diverse:
- Carol Corrigan, 74, white female
- Kelli Evans, 54, African-American lesbian woman
- Joshua Groban, 49, white mam
- Patricia Guerrero, 50 Latina/Hispanic woman
- Martin Jenkins, 69, African-American gay man
- Leondra Kruger, 46, African-American woman
- Goodwin Liu, 52, Chinese-American man
The court is majority women, majority people of color (one-third Black) and two-sevenths LGBT!
Guerrero is the brand-new Chief Justice of the State of California. Guerrero, Jenkins, Groban and Liu were all successfully retained in the November 8 election.