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
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
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.