Louisiana has a long history of partisan appointments, but its first GOP attorney general is getting attention for her views on race.
Diane James, the state’s new state attorney general, announced Tuesday that she will be a member of the Louisiana Supreme Court.
That appointment is the latest in a long line of Democratic-appointed lawyers who have served in the state Supreme Court over the past three decades.
James has been an assistant state attorney in Louisiana since 2009, serving as a prosecutor and defense attorney.
She also served as an assistant district attorney during the height of the national “water crisis” and is widely known for defending Louisiana’s water rights.
James’ appointment has received a lot of attention, including on social media.
Louisiana’s Twitter account tweeted: “In her first appointment, Louisiana’s Attorney General Diane James is the first woman to serve as a state Supreme Judge.
A strong voice for justice and equality.
#DianeJames”The tweet was later deleted.
State Sen. Mike DeWine, a Baton Rouge Democrat, praised James’ appointment on Twitter: “A woman who has spent her life fighting to protect our constitution and democracy is now being sworn in to the same position as a top prosecutor.”
DeWine is a member and former chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which oversees state courts.
He noted that James is one of the first openly gay women to hold a judicial post in the United States.
James will serve until the 2020 election.
Her confirmation hearing is scheduled for April 15.