Another woman on the Arizona Supreme Court
Court of Appeals Judge Ann Scott Timmer was named to fill the vacancy created when Justice Andrew Hurwitz resigned after being appointed to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Brewer’s appointment of Republican Timmer, 52, changes the state’s high court’s political composition to four Republicans and one Democrat. Timmer has served as Chief Judge and Vice Chief Judge of Division One of the Court of Appeals. She was the judge who wrote this 2003 decision for a unanimous three-judge panel which upheld the constitutionality of the 1996 Arizona law banning same-sex marriage.
“Judge Timmer has a record of integrity and achievement in the legal profession, has proven herself as a well-respected and fair-minded jurist on the Arizona Court of Appeals, and will make an excellent addition to our Arizona Supreme Court,” said Governor Brewer. “It is my honor to appoint Ann Scott Timmer to our State’s highest court, where I know she will continue to serve Arizona with the kind of distinction that has marked her career over the last three decades.”
And the man Judge Timmer replaced on Arizona‘s Supreme Court? This past June, both of Arizona’s RINO senators stepped front and center supporting the nomination of Andrew Hurwitz, a liberal, politically connected Democrat. They aided his ascent to the already radically left 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The AZ República newspaper was so thrilled, it editorially championed retiring Kyl as a “statesman.”
Timmer is a first-rate choice. She will be one of two female justices currently on the five-member court, as she joins Chief Justice Rebecca Berch. She is also the fourth woman ever to hold the position. The first was Lorna Lockwood — born in 1903 in the Arizona territory.
Lockwood is notable for being the first woman in the nation to become Chief Justice of a state Supreme Court serving in that capacity twice — from 1965 through 1966 and from 1970 through 1971. She passed the bar in 1925 and was a state legislator and Superior Court Judge before ascending to the Arizona Supreme Court in 1960 — paving the nearly identical career path Sandra O’Connor eventually took to the U.S. Supreme Court. O’Connor, was elected to both the state legislature and as a Maricopa County Superior Court Judge (prior to the 1974 advent of “merit selection”) before her stint on the Arizona Court of Appeals. O’Connor was not a member of the state’s Supreme Court.
In an unprecedented move, Democrat Ruth McGregor was appointed to Arizona’s Supreme Court in 1998 by Republican Gov. Jane Hull. She has since retired.