Seal of the Governor and photo of Gavin Newsom courtesy of the Office of the Governor of the State of California.

Gov. Newsom swears in Martin Jenkins to the California Supreme Court

Governor Gavin Newsom today virtually swore in Justice Martin Jenkins to the California Supreme Court, where he becomes the first openly gay California Supreme Court justice and only the third African American man ever to serve on the state’s highest court. It has been 29 years since an African American man has served on the California Supreme Court.

“In swearing in Justice Jenkins today, our state once again makes history, and we elevate an extraordinary Californian to the bench,” said Governor Newsom. “The people of our state could not ask for a finer jurist or better person to serve them in this capacity. I join Marty’s friends, family, colleagues and all Californians in congratulating him on this remarkable milestone.”

Justice Jenkins’ nomination to the court was unanimously confirmed by the Commission on Judicial Appointments on November 10, 2020. Justice Jenkins has held several prominent state and federal judicial positions throughout his career and has served as the Governor’s Judicial Appointments Secretary since 2019.

The article above was released by the office of the governor of the State of California.


  1. Jenkins is gay.
    Jenkins is black.
    But is Jenkins qualified to be a California Supreme Court Justice?
    Just asking for a friend.

    1. Why is important that he is gay or black. The question should be is he honest, fair and will apply the law as written and Not make up the law to suit friends or money. Can’t we get back to putting people in jobs that they are qualified for. Theresa

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