SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Judge J. Miles Hanisee is getting a second shot at the New Mexico Court of Appeals.
Gov. Susana Martinez announced Friday that she has appointed him to a vacancy on the appellate court. Hanisee was first named to the court last year by Martinez but was defeated in the general election by Democrat Monica Zamora.
Hanisee will replace Judge Celia Foy Castillo, who is retiring.
Out of several applicants, a judicial nominating commission recommended Hanisee, Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court Judge Judith Nakamura and state Administrative Office of the Courts Director Arthur Pepin to the governor earlier this month.
Martinez says Hanisee is supremely qualified and has shown an unwavering commitment to upholding the law on behalf of New Mexicans.
Hanisee is an Albuquerque Republican and a former federal prosecutor. He received his law degree from Pepperdine University.