Gov. Kemp appoints lesbian judge in Gwinnett

Gov. Brian Kemp announced that Angela Duncan will fill a newly-created seat on the Gwinnett County Superior Court bench.

She is believed to be the first openly LGBTQ judge that Kemp has appointed since he took office in took office in January.

Duncan is a Gwinnett Magistrate Court judge and Chamblee Municipal Court judge. She accepted Kemp’s appointment on Friday “with tremendous gratitude and appreciation,” according to the AJC.

“I will continue to serve the citizens of Gwinnett County with the same dedication that I have served them over the last 15 years as a magistrate judge,” she said. “I look forward to serving beside those who have been my role models and mentors during my career.”

Duncan will begin her service with the Gwinnett Superior Court in January and be up for re-election to a full four-year term in 2022.

She is one of at least four openly LGBTQ judges in metro Atlanta. Mike Jacobs serves on the DeKalb State Court, while Fulton has Superior Court Judge Jane Barwick and State Court Judge Jane Morrison.

Duncan is also one of four openly LGBTQ public officials in Gwinnett. She joins state Rep. Sam Park, Gwinnett Commissioner Ben Ku and Gwinnett School Board Member Everton Blair.

Duncan served in the U.S. Army reserves from 1987 to 1995 and got her law degree from John Marshall Law School. She lives in Lawrenceville with her wife and children, according to a press release.

Kemp has made at least three other LGBTQ appointments to state boards and criminal justice posts since taking office. He appointed gay state Rep. Matthew Wilson to a 2020 U.S. Census task force in September.