Jessica M. Karmasek Feb. 4, 2013, 1:21pm

HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) -- A former state senator's nomination to the Connecticut Supreme Court has been confirmed by the state legislature.

The General Assembly confirmed Andrew J. McDonald's nomination Jan. 23 -- less than two weeks after being backed by a judiciary committee.

Gov. Dannel Malloy, a Democrat, nominated McDonald on Dec. 27 to replace Justice Lubbie Harper Jr., who reached the mandatory retirement age.

McDonald, who served as Malloy's legal counsel, will be the state's first openly gay Supreme Court justice.

The state Senate approved his appointment 30-3. The House approved with a vote of 125-20.

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