Budd set to be 1st Black female chief of Mass. Supreme Court

Massachusetts

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has nominated Justice Kimberly Budd to become chief of the state’s highest court.

Budd would be the first Black woman to serve as chief justice of the Supreme Judicial Court if she is confirmed.

She would replace Chief Justice Ralph Gants, who died last month.

Baker described Budd on Wednesday as a well-respected and dedicated judge “who treats everyone with dignity.”

Budd has served on the high court since 2016. Earlier in her career, she was as a federal prosecutor.

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