Gov. Schwarzenegger put Cantil-Sakauye, 50, on the Third District five years ago. She was a deputy legal affairs secretary under George Deukmejian, and she's been on the Judicial Council for the past two years, so she's got some administrative experience. She's a Republican, a Sacramento native, a mother of two, and the wife of a police lieutenant. Her Filipina mother and Filipino Portuguese father were farmworkers in Hawaii. She'd give the court a female majority for the first time.
"She is a living example of the American Dream and when she is confirmed by the voters in November, Judge Cantil-Sakauye will become California's first Filipina chief justice; adding to our High Court's already rich diversity," Schwarzenegger said in a news release this morning.