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Three reappointed to Supreme Court nominating board

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Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday reappointed three members to the Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission, the panel that forwards recommendations for open seats on the state’s highest bench.

They include Daniel Nordby, formerly the state House of Representatives’ general counsel, or top lawyer.

Nordby, of Tallahassee, now is a partner in the Tallahassee office of the Shutts and Bowen law firm. He also was general counsel for the Florida Department of State.

Nilda R. Pedrosa, of Pinecrest, also was reappointed. She is deputy chief of staff to Attorney General Pam Bondi.

Pedrosa also served as chief of staff for Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart in 2009-10 and senior policy advisor to U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez from 2005-09.

Finally, Israel Umberto Reyes, of Coral Gables, was reappointed. He is managing partner and president of The Reyes Law Firm and was a Miami-Dade circuit judge from 2003-11 and county judge from 2002-03.

Before that, he was an assistant state attorney from 1998-2002.

All of their new terms are now Aug. 30, 2016-July 1, 2020.

Before joining Florida Politics, journalist and attorney James Rosica was state government reporter for The Tampa Tribune. He attended journalism school in Washington, D.C., working at dailies and weekly papers in Philadelphia after graduation. Rosica joined the Tallahassee Democrat in 1997, later moving to the courts beat, where he reported on the 2000 presidential recount. In 2005, Rosica left journalism to attend law school in Philadelphia, afterwards working part time for a public-interest law firm. Returning to writing, he covered three legislative sessions in Tallahassee for The Associated Press, before joining the Tribune’s re-opened Tallahassee bureau in 2013. He can be reached at jim@floridapolitics.com.

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