L to R: Chief Justice Ronald George, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Judge Tani Cantil-Sakauye. Photo: Governor's Press Office


On Thursday, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger nominated Judge Tani Cantil-Sakauye to replace retiring Chief Justice Ronald George as the state’s top judge.  If confirmed by voters, Cantil-Sakauye would become California’s first woman and Asian-American Chief Justice. Also, if confirmed, California’s supreme court will have a female majority for the first time in it’s history.  Listen to KQED’s profile of Judge Cantil-Sakauye below:

Watch the Governor’s announcement below:


Earlier this month, CA Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald George announced his retirement after serving on the state’s high court for 19 years. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger released a statement highlighting George’s “tremendous commitment to justice with extraordinary dedication to upholding impartiality under the law.”  KQED did a profile on George’s retirement announcement:

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