Native American Jewish Judge Raquel Montoya-Lewis Wins Her Election

New Washington State Supreme Court Justice Raquel Montoya-Lewis. A Bellingham native, Montoya-Lewis
Raquel Montoya-Lewis has more than 20 years of judicial experience, including five on the Whatcom County Superior Court.
She is the first Native American Supreme Court justice in Washington. (Courtesy of Office of / Gov. Jay Inslee)

Looking for something to kvell about this morning, as we wait for the results of a very close and uncertain presidential election? We got you!

In January 2020 — which, yes, feels like a lifetime ago — Raquel Montoya-Lewis made history when she was sworn in to Washington State’s Supreme Court: She became the first Native American Justice on the state’s bench.

And now, Montoya-Lewis, 52, who is Jewish and Pueblo, is set to serve a full six-year term.

Montoya-Lewis, a mom of two teens, was appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee in December 2019, filling the seat left vacant by Mary Fairhurst. In order to stay in the seat, she had to win an election —  and, according to the Spokesman Review, Montoya-Lewis beat Dave Larson by about 20 percentage points in Tuesday’s count, easily winning.

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