St Paul (KROC AM News) - A former Rochester prosecutor has made history.

Gov. Mark Dayton Friday appointed Sophia Vuelo as a District Court Judge in Minnesota’s Second Judicial District. She will become the first Minnesota judge of Hmong descent to serve in Minnesota and only the second in the country. She will be chambered in St Paul.

Vuelo was an assistant Rochester City Attorney and has also worked as a Special Assistant Ramsey County Attorney, managing attorney at Catholic Charities and a public defender.

She received her BA from the University of Minnesota and her JD from Hamline University School of Law.

“Ms. Sophia Vuelo has dedicated her career to pursuing justice for all Minnesotans, through her work with Minnesota courts, charities, and in her own private practice,” said Governor Dayton. “Ms. Vuelo’s commitment to public service has prepared her well for this important new role, as District Court Judge for Minnesota’s Second Judicial District.”

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