Senate Leader Atkins Issues Statement on Appointment of Justice Martin Jenkins to California Supreme Court

October 5, 2020

SACRAMENTO – Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) released the following statement regarding the appointment of Justice Martin J. Jenkins to the California Supreme Court:

“Governor Newsom has made an excellent choice in appointing Justice Martin Jenkins to the California Supreme Court: someone whose decisions have put law ahead of ideology and someone who has won respect across the political spectrum. As Governor Newsom’s Judicial Appointments Secretary, Justice Jenkins has worked to promote the spirit of ‘California for All,’ and, with this historic appointment of a person of color who would also be the first openly LGBTQ Justice on our Supreme Court, Governor Newsom helps ensure our system is better reflective of, and more responsive to, all the people of our state as we continue striving for legal, social and economic justice. From his humble beginnings in San Francisco to a career that found him prosecuting the KKK all over the country and guiding the paths of young attorneys back here at home, Justice Jenkins has displayed the thoughtfulness and tenacity that will make him an outstanding addition to our Supreme Court.”




Toni G. Atkins is President pro Tempore of the California Senate. Having previously served as Speaker of the California Assembly, she began her tenure in the Senate in 2016. As Senator for District 39, she represents the cities of San Diego, Coronado, Del Mar and Solana Beach. Website of President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins: