Washington State Supreme Court Justice Raquel Montoya-Lewis secured the endorsements of Congresswoman Sharice Davids (Kansas-3) and Congresswoman Deb Haaland (New Mexico-1). Justice Montoya-Lewis was appointed to the seat last year by Governor Jay Inslee and is currently running to retain her seat.
Congresswoman Davids reflected on her and the Justice’s similar background:
“Justice Montoya-Lewis and I share a common history–not only as Native women and lawyers, but as military daughters born overseas to American families who put service and sacrifice first. This perspective is so needed, in Congress and our courts, as we face ideological attacks on the rule of law, our shared values, and the decency required to heal our nation. Please join me in helping Justice Montoya-Lewis remain on the Washington State Supreme Court.”
Citing Justice Montoya-Lewis’s breadth of experience, Congresswoman Haaland gave her endorsement:
“Justice Montoya-Lewis, a law school teacher and role model, knows that representation matters. In our courts, in Congress, and across our nation, the voices of marginalized communities need to be heard. Justice Montoya-Lewis is a powerful advocate for fairness and justice, and she respects our laws and Constitution. Justice Montoya-Lewis needs our support in her campaign to continue her service on the Washington State Supreme Court.”
Congresswomen Davids and Haaland are the first two Native American women elected to Congress.
Justice Montoya-Lewis is a nationally recognized expert on implicit bias, domestic violence, and juvenile justice issues. An enrolled member of the Pueblo of Isleta Tribe, she is the first Native American to serve on the Washington State Supreme Court, and only the second Native American to serve on a state supreme court across the nation.
These latest endorsers join a broad and growing list of supporters including each of her colleagues on the State Supreme Court, Washington’s Governor Jay Inslee, Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians President
Leonard Forsman, and seventeen tribal governments in Washington State.
For a complete list, or for more information visit https://www.justicemontoyalewis.com/
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