Muñiz, who recently worked as the General Counsel for the US Department of Education, is the first Supreme Court Justice appointment in more than 20 years who comes to the high court without first having served on a lower court.
Muñiz promised to put aside his political preferences as a justice. saying he is committed to "excellence, to humility and to liberty."
“In my new role, I will have a solemn duty to set aside my own policy preferences. I wholeheartedly welcome that obligation. And as I begin this assignment, I want to make three commitments. To excellence, to humility and to liberty," said Muñiz.
Conservatives around the state are applauding DeSantis' final choice, calling his pick "an outstanding choice."
Of course, not everyone in the state is excited with DeSantis' choice. The Florida Democratic Party issued a rebuke, attacking Muñiz for lacking judicial experience.
Others, like DNC Chair Terrie Rizzo, played the race card, citing that "for the first time in decades Florida will not have an African American justice."
Rizzo issued an official statment following the announcment.
“It's extremely concerning that for the first time in decades Florida will not have have an African American justice. From his appointment it's clear that Ron DeSantis has no respect for the rule of the law, and is seeking to stack the courts with his political allies. Carlos Muñiz has no judicial experience, instead comes with a long political resume that includes working for Betsy DeVos' Department of Education and Pam Bondi's Attorney General office.
"From equal access to free quality public education to women's ability to make personal decisions about their own bodies - Democrats will stand up to the Governor's offensive to dismantle hard fought civil rights. Fortunately, we live in a country of law and Florida Democrats will take every step necessary to defend the rights of every Floridian."
DeSantis' conservative makeover comes as no surprise, given the fact that he promised during the campaign that he would appoint “solid constitutionalists” and end “judicial activism” on the seven-member court.
In less than two weeks, DeSantis has kept it promise, moving the Florida Supreme Court to the political right. And instead of criticizing the governor for his reforming the court to fit his conservative agenda, leaders throughout the Sunshine State are attacking him because his selections aren't diverse (only they are).
All three of DeSantis' choices are diverse -- Barbara Lagoa: the first Hispanic woman in history to serve on the Florida Supreme Court, Robert Luck: the first Jewish Justice appointed in over 20 years, and finally Muñiz: the first Nicaraguan-American Justice.
Democrats critical of DeSantis will overlook this, even though each have different backgrounds that make them truly unique to the court. They add heterogeneity when it comes to race, ethnicity, religion and gender that should be a welcome addition to the court.
Democrats, however, can't see this, choosing to view the political arena through a specific group identity.