CT Legislature Confirms First Openly Gay Supreme Court Justice

Nearly one month since his nomination, former State Sen. Andrew McDonald was confirmed by the General Assembly Wednesday.

Former State Sen. Andrew McDonald, 46, was overwhelmingly confirmed by the Connecticut General Assembly Wednesday as an associate justice on the State Supreme Court, making him the first openly gay person to hold such a position in Connecticut.

McDonald ran for state senate in 2002 on the Democratic ticket as an openly gay candidate, narrowly defeating future Lt. Gov. Michael Fedele for a seat previously held by current State Attorney General George Jepsen. He was elected to the 27th District five times before joining Gov. Dannel Malloy at the statehouse as legal counsel.

Despite never serving as a judge, the state legislative bodies overwhelming approved his appointment, with the State Senate and House voting 30-3 and 125-20, respectively.

According to a report on CTMirror.com, legislators who voted against McDonald’s confirmation cited his lack of judicial experience and not his sexual orientation, which did not come up during debate.

As McDonald takes the bench Thursday, he becomes the third Connecticut Supreme Court Justice to be appointed without any prior judicial experience, as the Hartford Courant points out — the former being appointed during the Lowell Weicker and Ella Grasso administrations.

Despite the lack of direct judicial experience, a number of legislators lauded his wider range of professional and life experience in their support of his confirmation.

McDonald is a native of Stamford, CT and received a bachelor’s degree in Government from Cornell University and a Juris Doctor from UConn Law.

Read the CTMirror report here.

Read the Hartford Courant report here.

QWERTY January 24, 2013 at 08:18 PM
Curious if those legislators who voted for McDonald’s confirmation did so because of his sexual orientation. I know conversations like this are only viewed negatively one way, which is the standard in this country but it's still worth asking.
Joe Blow January 25, 2013 at 03:30 AM
Hey Jim, I'm not going anywhere any time soon so get used to it.
Alex January 25, 2013 at 03:57 AM
"Despite never serving as a judge, the state legislative bodies overwhelming approved his appointment" That is very disturbing. I personally do not think someone should be able to serve as a justice of a supreme court without at least serving on the bench elsewhere.
jim laguardia January 25, 2013 at 04:58 AM
I agree with you Alex and qwerty.... The fact that he could be a on the state supreme court without ever serving as a judge is like a police chief never being an officer or a principle never being a teacher.
jim laguardia January 25, 2013 at 05:02 AM
Oh great, yipee.... "Joe Blow" is here to stay to share his anti-gay agenda... All while going under the name "Joe Blow"..... Paging Dr. Freud, paging Dr Freud. We have an identity crisis for you to deal with


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