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Strine confirmed as new Delaware Supreme Court Chief Justice

Leo Strine will be Delaware’s next Supreme Court Chief Justice.

Strine was confirmed unanimously without debate following a 30-minute confirmation hearing in the State Senate. He’s expected to be sworn in some time next month.

Gov. Jack Markell (D-Delaware) nominated Strine earlier this month to become eighth Chief Justice of Delaware’s Supreme Court.

“The Senate’s unanimous decision to confirm Chancellor Strine further affirms his outstanding qualifications to lead Delaware’s judiciary,” said Markell in a statement. “Today’s vote ensures our outstanding court system will continue to benefit from a Chief Justice with exceptional intellect and judgment.”

Strine has served as a judge on the Court of Chancery since 1998 and as Chancellor since 2011. Prior to joining the bench, Strine was legal counsel and policy coordinator to then Gov. Tom Carper.

He replaces Myron Steele, who stepped down as Chief Justice at the end of November. His term will last 12 years.