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Outgoing Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed his legal affairs secretary, Andrea L. Hoch, to Sacramento's Third District Court of Appeal on Tuesday.

The governor also named Vance W. Raye as presiding justice and selected Elena J. Duarte and William J. Murray to join Hoch as Third District associate justices.

Tuesday's Third District changes are the latest in a flurry of governmental appointments by Schwarzenegger as he prepares to leave office Jan. 3.

Hoch, of Sacramento, will be paid $204,599 annually to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Justice Rick Sims. She earned her law degree from McGeorge School of Law and a bachelor of arts degree from Stanford University.

A 51-year-old Republican, Hoch has served as Schwarzenegger's top legal adviser since 2005. Prior to her gubernatorial service, Hoch was administrative director for the Division of Workers' Compensation from 2004 to 2005.

Hoch's resume also includes stints with the state Attorney General's Office, the Public Employment Relations Board and the Agricultural Labor Relations Board.

She was an associate for Swanson and Dowdall from 1986 to 1987, and an attorney for Swerdlow and Florence from 1985 to 1986.

Schwarzenegger's appointments fill Third District vacancies created by the elevation of Raye to presiding justice and by the retirements of Justices Sims and Rodney Davis.

The court's top spot, now held by Raye, had been left vacant by the retirement of Judge Arthur Scotland.

Of the four people promoted or appointed Tuesday in the Third District shuffle, Duarte is an El Dorado Hills resident, Murray lives in Stockton, and Raye -- like Hoch -- is a Sacramento resident.

Raye, 64, served as legal affairs secretary for then-Gov. George Deukmejian before he was appointed as a Sacramento County Superior Court in 1989. He has served as an associate justice for the Third District Court of Appeal since 1991.

Duarte, 44, has served as a Sacramento County Superior Court judge since 2008. She previously was a Los Angeles County judge and an employee of the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Murray, 53, has served as presiding judge for the San Joaquin County Superior Court since 2008, before which he was the assistant presiding judge from 2006 to 2007 and a judge from 1995 to 2005.

Raye, as presiding justice, will receive a salary of $212,783. Duarte and Murray will receive the same $204,599 salary as Hoch.

Duarte and Murray are Democrats, while Raye -- like Hoch -- is a Republican.


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