Georgia’s state Supreme Court diversity
There are no high court justices who identify as a person of color in 20 states, while women make up less than a quarter of the bench in 10 states, according to data from the Brennan Center for Justice, reported by Axios' Stef Kight.
Zoom in: 48% of Georgia's population are people of color, but just two of its nine state Supreme Court justices, or 22%, are.
- 44% of Georgia's Supreme Court justices are women, to the state's 51% female population.
- One third of Georgia’s population is Black, but just one state Supreme Court justice, Verda Colvin, is.
- Latino people account for 10.2% of Georgia's population, but the state has no Latino supreme court justices.
Of note: Georgia's 22% makeup of justices of color is slightly above the 18% national figure, and its number of female justices is higher than the 41% national rate.
The big picture: Georgia's state Supreme Court has seen a major change in its gender breakdown in recent years. When Gov. Brian Kemp took office, just one of nine of the justices was a woman.
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