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Ritter appoints first openly gay, Latina Monica Marquez to Colorado Supreme Court

Monica Marquez
Monica Marquez
(Colorado Hispanic Bar Association)

Beating out two other nominees, Deputy Attorney General Monica Marquez has been picked to fill the vacancy in the Colorado Supreme Court. Governor Ritter is announcing the appointment at a 2:30 press conference this afternoon.

Marquez graduated from Grand Junction High School and even taught fourth grade at a Pennsylvania Catholic school before attending law school. While she was attending Yale, Marquez edited the Yale Law Journal and was co-coordinator of the Latino Law Students Association.

Marquez has an impressive resume and has stayed active in the community. Currently serving on the board of the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association as well as the Colorado GLBT Bar Association, Marquez will be the first Latina on the state's highest court as well as the first openly gay judge on that court.

According to her public application for the judicial position, Marquez enjoys hiking with her partner, playing music (piano and trumpet), gardening, photography, drawing, calligraphy, motorcycle-riding, and extensive traveling (where she can practice her foreign languages Spanish and German).  Still, Marquez insists "I try not to take myself too seriously."

Marquez was the only nominee in the running who is not already a judge: Fourth District Judge David S. Prince and Colorado Court of Appeals Judge Robert M. Russel were her fellow nominees. Chief Justice Mary Mullarkey's retirement, effective November 30, created the court vacancy.