REDDING, Calif. -

Gov. Jerry Brown announced the appointment of Monique McKee, 48, of Redding to a judgeship in the Shasta County Superior court Friday.

McKee had served as a judicial research attorney at the Shasta County Superior Court since 2007.

McKee earned a Juris Doctor degree from Southwestern Law School and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California, Irvine.

McKee fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge James Ruggiero.

She is a Democrat.