Canton Repository

September 27, 2006

Lioi nomination gets key OK

Copley News Service

WASHINGTON A key Senate committee approved the nomination of Stark County Common Pleas Judge Sara E. Lioi to be a federal judge Tuesday, paving the way for her consideration by the full Senate.

In a voice vote, the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved Lioi, nominated by President Bush for a lifetime appointment to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.

The 40-county federal court district includes Stark, Tuscarawas and Carroll counties.

Before Lioi, 45, becomes a federal judge, she must be confirmed by the Senate. The Plain Township resident has served as a Stark County judge since 1997.

“We’re working hard to get her a floor vote this week,” said Andrew Langworthy, a spokesman for Sen. Mike DeWine, R-Cedarville. DeWine is a member of the Judiciary Committee and has pushed Lioi’s nomination.

An aide to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., said she was unsure when a vote would be scheduled on Lioi, whose nomination has not drawn any controversy.