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Jewish woman who was the first female Native American judge on Washington Supreme Court wins reelection


November 6, 2020

Raquel Montoya-Lewis, the first Native American woman to sit on Washington State’s Supreme Court, and only the second to sit on any supreme court in the country, has won her reelection campaign, according to the Spokesman Review.

Montoya-Lewis first won that title in January, when she was nominated by Gov. Jay Inslee to fill the vacancy left by Justice Mary Fairhurst, who retired after a cancer diagnosis.

Unlike those serving on the federal Supreme Court, Supreme Court justices in Washington are elected, and Montoya-Lewis had to run to keep her seat. Now, it seems she’ll remain on the bench for another Six-year term.


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