Gov. Rick Scott on Monday appointed Jennifer X. Gabbard, a Hillsborough County Judge, to replace Ashley Moody on the 13th Circuit bench.
Moody stepped down to run as a Republican for Attorney General in the 2018 election.
Gabbard, 45, of Tampa, previously served as an assistant state attorney in the circuit, which serves Hillsborough County.
Scott first appointed her to the county bench in 2012. She was automatically elected in 2016 to a full 6-year term when she ran unopposed.
Gabbard received her bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Florida.