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WASHINGTON , D.C. (AP) -- The U.S. Senate has confirmed Maine Supreme Judicial Court Justice Jon Levy's nomination to serve as a federal judge in Maine.

President Barack Obama nominated Levy in September and the Justice Committee gave its approval in January. On Wednesday, the Senate confirmed his nomination on a 75-20 vote.

Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King praised Levy's accomplishments and experience, including his years as a judge and advocacy for legal help for Maine's elderly and low-income people.

As governor, King nominated Levy to the Maine District Court in 1995 and then the Maine Supreme Judicial Court in 2002. He'll replace George Singal and join John Woodcock and Nancy Torresen as federal judges in Maine. Singal and D. Brock Hornby will enjoy "senior status."

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