Governor Charlie Baker today nominated Kimberly Budd to be chief justice of the Supreme Judicial Court.

Carol Rose, executive director of the ACLU of Massachusetts, today released the following statement in response:

“Our courts—particularly the Supreme Judicial Court—often serve as the critical line of defense of our constitutional rights, with decisions that can expand and contract our fundamental freedoms. But the role of chief justice goes beyond the Court’s opinions. Representation matters; the courts serve the whole population, and the judiciary should reflect the range of lived experiences and backgrounds that come before it. The ACLU commends Governor Baker for this historic nomination, and hopes his administration continues to foster diversity on the bench.”