Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday announced that 15th Circuit Court Judge Renatha Francis will become the newest justice on the Florida Supreme Court, filling a vacancy created by the retirement of Justice Al Lawson earlier this year.

Francis will become the only Black member of the high court when she takes her new post on Sept. 1. An immigrant from Jamaica, Francis will also become the first Caribbean-American to serve on the Supreme Court 

Judge Renatha Francis has an incredible life story that epitomizes the American Dream and proves that those who come to our country have the opportunity to pursue their dreams and, through hard work and the application of their God-given talents, reach the highest heights of whatever field they choose,” DeSantis said during his announcement in West Palm Beach.