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HARRISBURG — The Senate Judiciary Committee has voted unanimously to recommend the confirmation of Correale Stevens to a vacant seat on the state Supreme Court.

The full Sentate will now consider the nomination of the former Luzerne County District Attorney and county judge.

Earlier this month, Gov. Tom Corbett chose Stevens, who currently serves as president judge of the state Superior Court, to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court left by the resignation of Joan Orie Melvin.

Stevens of Sugarloaf Township has served as president judge of the state Superior Court since 2011 and has been a member of that court since 1998.

A familiar face in state politics and government, Stevens, 66, has had a long and distinguished career in public service.

A Hazle Township native, Stevens graduated from Penn State and from Dickinson School of Law, engaged in private law practice and served as solicitor for the city of Hazleton and for the Hazleton City Authority before his election to the state House of Representatives in 1980. He was re-elected to three more consecutive terms.

After serving four years as Luzerne County district attorney, Stevens won both parties’ nominations to the county Court of Common Pleas in 1991. He was elected to the state Superior Court in 1997 and won a retention vote by a nearly 2-to-1 margin in 2007.

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