Black man to the state Supreme Court today,
First gay member. And the third African American to serve on it. In a news conference announcing the nomination, Junction, said his identity is a gay man has been perhaps the greatest challenge in his life. Saying, I want these young people to know that living a life of authenticity is the greatest gift you can give yourself. And if you do that, you will find yourself in a position where people see you. Jenkins then thanked Governor Newsome for seeing him. Jenkins, a lifelong registered Democrat, must first be confirmed by the commission on Judicial Appointments after a probably caring for the job. Jenkins would replace Justice Ming Ken, the court's first Chinese American justice. It was appointed by a Republican governor, Pete Wilson, in 1996. The court has two other Asian American justices, including the chief justice. Jenkins grew up in San Francisco, the son of a stay at home Mom and a dad, who was a clerk and a janitor at the city's iconic quite tower. He lived in a two bedroom, one bathroom house attended Catholic school. Said he wasn't poor but told the Associated Dress. His family did not have a lot of disposable income. He played football at Santa Clara University, where he was the team captain and dreamed of playing in the National Football League and had a brief Career playing as a pro.