Andrew McDonald

State of Connecticut Judicial Branch

The first African-American nominated to lead Connecticut’s highest court won unanimous approval in the General Assembly’s Judiciary Committee Monday night.

Associate Justice Richard Robinson received praise from the committee, with a top Republican saying he will "be fabulous" in his elevated post.

Robinson was asked repeatedly about how he'd make the judicial system fairer to minority citizens.

He currently chairs a committee that focuses on diversity training in the courts and assured lawmakers "the buck will stop with me."

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Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy has yet to announce his next nominee for state chief justice, following the General Assembly’s rejection of his close friend and ally, Justice Andrew McDonald. But there is one person whose name has been floated several times by Republican State Senate President Len Fasano.

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Connecticut Senate Democratic leaders are still pushing for State Supreme Court Associate Justice Andrew McDonald to be elevated to chief justice of Connecticut, despite the fact that McDonald’s nomination was defeated in the State Senate on Wednesday.

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Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy’s nominee for chief justice of the State Supreme Court has been voted down by the State Senate.

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Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy has acknowledged that his nominee to be the state’s next chief justice is headed for defeat in the State Senate on Tuesday.

The Democratic Governor says Senate Republicans told him on Monday that they have the numbers to defeat Andrew McDonald, an openly gay State Supreme Court justice who is a longtime friend and ally of Malloy’s.