WASHINGTON — The nomination of a Maine Supreme Judicial Court justice to become the next U.S. District Court judge in the state has cleared the Judiciary Committee and awaits action by the full Senate.

Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King announced Thursday that the committee approved the nomination of Jon Levy.

Both testified last month in support of him.

President Barack Obama nominated Levy in mid-September. As governor, King nominated Levy to the Maine District Court in 1995 and then the Maine Supreme Judicial Court in 2002.

If he’s confirmed, Levy would replace George Singal and would join John A. Woodcock and Nancy Torresen as full-time federal judges in Maine. Singal and D. Brock Hornby will enjoy “senior status” and hear cases on an occasional basis.

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