- Associated Press - Friday, January 25, 2019

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Friday appointed two district judges to fill a pair of vacancies on the New Mexico Supreme Court, marking the first of her major judicial appointments.

The Democratic governor selected Shannon Bacon and David K. Thomson from a list of finalists provided by a nominating commission that had interviewed more than a dozen candidates earlier this month.

Bacon and Thomson will replace recently retired Justices Charles Daniels and Petra Maes. They will be up for election in 2020 to serve out the remainder of eight-year terms.

Lujan Grisham said the two judges have earned broad respect from their peers and have decades of experience.

“They are fair, trustworthy, intellectually rigorous and conscientious judges, and I expect the court and the state will greatly benefit from their service now as justices,” the governor said in a statement.

Bacon has served in the state’s busiest judicial district since 2010. She’s the presiding judge over the Albuquerque-based district’s civil division and is an adjunct professor at the University of New Mexico School of Law.

A graduate of St. Pius High School in Albuquerque, she earned a bachelor’s degree from Creighton University and her law degree from the same school. She has served in leadership roles or as a member of various legal and civic organizations, including the New Mexico Women’s Bar, the Southwest Women’s Law Center and the Albuquerque Community Foundation.

Thompson has served as a judge in Santa Fe since 2014. He previously worked for more than a decade in the state attorney general’s office.

Thomson has served on numerous state Supreme Court committees and clerked under U.S. District Judge Bruce D. Black. A graduate of Santa Fe High School, he earned a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University in Connecticut and his law degree from the University of Denver.

Investiture ceremonies during which the new justices will be sworn in have yet to be scheduled.

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