HARRISBURG — There are good days and there are great days, and then there’s the day Corry Stevens just had.
Stevens had just gotten married and kissed his new bride Sunday when he got the call notifying him the state Senate had unanimously confirmed him as the seventh member of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
He said his phone was on vibrate during the small ceremony at a historic church in Sugarloaf Township where he lives. When it started to go haywire, he turned it off until after the knot was tied.
He knew it might be good news about his nomination to the state’s high court by Gov. Tom Corbett.
“It was either that, or they were going to tell me they were going to do it during the fall,” Stevens said Monday. “It’s been an amazing ride.”
Stevens says he and fiancee Louise Baran picked June 30 as their wedding date back in February, long before his name surfaced as a possible successor to Joan Orie Melvin, who resigned in May after being convicted of using state employees to help with her political campaigns.
Stevens, 66, is currently president judge of state Superior Court, an intermediate appeals court, and he has some administrative duties to finish up before being sworn in as a justice, a ceremony he expects to happen later this month.
His colleague on that court, Judge Jack Panella, performed the wedding, and afterward they all had a second reason to celebrate.
“I said, ‘Let’s go enjoy dinner, because the Senate just confirmed me,’” Stevens said.
Stevens, who has served state representative and a Luzerne County judge and district attorney, was packing on Monday for the couple’s honeymoon, a cruise to Alaska.
“I look forward to working closely with the other six justices to resolve legal issues in a careful, deliberative and collegial manner,” Stevens said in a press release Sunday. “I will seek consensus without giving up principle and will be an active participant in the administration of justice.”
Stevens said his office and home will remain in Northeastern Pennsylvania, where his grandmother Elsie Correale worked in a factory in Hazleton and his grandfather Tony Stevens was a Hazleton City police officer.
“I will remain active in the community and bar association matters, especially the mock trial program and will offer opening remarks at the Superior Court session I scheduled at the Dallas Area High School in September,” Stevens said.