Published: 27 December 2011 05:41 PM

Riverside County got its first Latina judge Tuesday when Gov. Jerry Brown announced the appointment of Raquel A. Marquez to the bench.

Also named to judgeships by the governor were Riverside County Commissioner John W. Vineyard and Supervising District Attorney Otis Sterling III.

The three appointments filled vacancies in Riverside County’s 76 judicial offices.

Marquez, 45, was named a senior deputy district attorney for Riverside County this year and was a deputy district attorney for the county since 1991. She earned her law degree from UCLA and her undergraduate degree from Santa Clara University.

Marquez’s parents were migrant farmworkers from Mexico who worked in the Coachella Valley. Marquez spoke only Spanish until she entered a Head Start pre-school program.

A Democrat, she replaces the vacancy created when Judge Carol A. Codrington was elevated to the Court of Appeal. Marquez ran for judgeship in 2010, losing against fellow prosecutor Steve Counelis. Marquez is a resident of Valley Center in San Diego County. Judges are not required to live in the county they serve.

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