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Governor makes two appointments to the 13th Circuit bench

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Florida courtsGov. Ron DeSantis made two judicial appointments to the 13th Judicial Circuit court October 4.

 Michael Hooi of Tampa to serve as judge on the 13th Circuit court

Judge Hooi has served as a Hillsborough County court judge since 2021. Previously, he worked as an associate at Stichter, Riedel, Blain & Postler. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University and his juris doctor from the University of Florida. Hooi fills the judicial vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Rex Barbas.

Joseph Tompkins of Tampa to serve as judge on the 13th Circuit Court

Judge Tompkins has served as a Hillsborough County court judge since 2021. Previously, he served as an assistant United States attorney for the Middle District of Florida. He earned his bachelor’s degree and his juris doctor from Ave Maria University. Tompkins fills the judicial vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Vivian Corvo.

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