Who is Carlos G. Muniz? Carlos Genaro Muñiz, 51, is a Florida Supreme Court’s justice who was recently nominated by President Donald Trump to the Supreme Court. In early 2019 he was appointed by Governor Ron DeSantis to the Supreme Court of Florida. Prior to that, he serves as the General Counsel of the United States Department of Education. Muñiz earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Virginia in 1991. He got married in 2001, he and his wife, Kathleen Baur Muniz, now have three children.
Muñiz was born on June 25, 1969 in Chicago, Illinois.
He graduated from Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria, Virginia in 1987 and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Virginia in 1991.
From 1991 to 1994, he was a civil rights analyst at the U.S. Department of Justice. He enrolled at Yale Law School in 1994 and received his Juris Doctor in 1997.
After graduating from law school, he served as Judge Thomas von Aquin Flannery at the District Court of the United States for the District of Columbia from 1997 to 1998 and for Judge José A. Cabranes at the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit from 1998 to 1999. He then became an associate at Hogan & Hartson in Washington, DC
In January 2001, he moved to Florida to become Deputy General Counsel to Governor Jeb Bush. He left this position in June 2003 and moved to the law firm GrayRobinson. He joined the Bush administration in April 2005 as General Counsel of the Florida Treasury Department and left that position in November 2006.
In December 2006, he was the political director of the Florida Republican Party. In July 2007, he became deputy chief of staff and attorney in the office of the President of the Florida House of Representatives, which he left in October 2009. From October 2009 to April 2010, he was Managing Director of Bancroft Associates in Washington, DC , and returned to GrayRobinson.
In January 2011, He became Deputy Attorney General and Chief of Staff to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi. In 2013, he was involved in talks with Bondi that led them not to take action against consumer complaints against Trump University.
In January 2014, he left Bondi’s office to join McGuireWoods, as a partner and lawyer in her Jacksonville office and as senior vice president of the firm’s consulting business in Tallahassee. In that company, he represented Florida State University against a lawsuit filed by a student who accused quarterback Jameis Winston of raping her. The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights investigated the case.
In March 2017, He was appointed General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Education by President Donald Trump. He became senior adviser in the department’s secretariat in February 2018 and was confirmed as General Counsel by the U.S. Senate in April 2018 by 55 to 43 votes.
On January 22, 2019, Governor Ron DeSantis appointed Muiz to the Florida Supreme Court.
On September 9, 2020, President Trump included him on a list of potential Supreme Court nominees.
He has written two articles for the James Madison Institute: “Notification of parents of termination of a minor’s pregnancy” (published in autumn 2004); and “It is time to fight imperialistism” (published 17 August 2005).
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