Shera Grant and Shanta Owens have always been alike. Not only are the pair identical twins, but the Birmingham natives both attended Alabama State University, both received law degrees from Louisiana State University, both have six-year-old daughters and three-year-old sons, and both of their husbands are childhood best friends. Now, the sisters have yet another thing in common: Grant and Owens are now judges in Alabama.
Owens has been on the bench since 2008 when she was elected to be a district court judge in Alabama’s 10th judicial circuit, and Grant was appointed to the court by Governor Robert Bentley on Friday.
“I’m just overwhelmed, overjoyed. … I think this is a wonderful opportunity to serve the citizens of this county,” Grant, who’ll be handling civil cases, said of her new gig.
Owens is also proud and excited for her sister. “I’m really elated … I’m excited for her,” she said. “We’re grateful to God and grateful to the Governor.”
After winning her most recent election, Owens’ job is secure until 2020 when she’ll have to run again. However, because she was appointed to the position during an election year, Grant will have to begin campaigning to keep her new position right away.
We wish her luck!