Nominee would be first openly gay state chief justice

Connecticut Supreme Court Building (Image: jud.state.ct.us)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP/WTNH) — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy‘s nominee to be Connecticut’s next chief justice would be the first openly gay leader of a state Supreme Court.

The Democratic governor announced Monday that longtime friend and current Associate Supreme Court Justice Andrew McDonald was his nominee for the court’s highest post. Chief Justice Chase Rogers is retiring next month.

Puerto Rico Chief Justice Maite Oronoz Rodriguez became the first openly gay chief justice in U.S. history in February 2016.

The 51-year-old McDonald has served on the Supreme Court for five years and was nominated by Malloy. Before that, he was general counsel for the governor’s office under Malloy, a state senator from Stamford and corporation counsel for the city of Stamford when Malloy was mayor.

McDonald must be confirmed by the legislature.

A number of Connecticut lawmakers had words of praise for McDonald.

Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman stated:

I have known Andrew for many decades and served with his mother, Anne McDonald, in the legislature. Andrew is an honorable man and dedicated public servant. His integrity and keen intellect drive him to be a measured decision-maker, and one who recognizes the impact of decisions long into the future. He will make a remarkable Chief Justice for Connecticut. I am know his mother would be proud of him and his many accomplishments.”

Attorney General George Jepsen also released a statement, which read:

Andrew McDonald has been a dedicated public servant and a dynamic leader in our state for decades, and has distinguished himself further as a thoughtful jurist during his time on the bench. I can think of no better successor to Chief Justice Rogers, who has served the Supreme Court with distinction since 2007, and have every confidence in Andrew’s ability to lead the judiciary in this critically important role.”

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