February 14, 2007
Lioi nomination heads to full Senate
Copley News Service
WASHINGTON Stark County Judge Sara E.
Lioi is on her way to a Senate vote and likely confirmation as a
federal district judge in northern Ohio.
Lioi last week received unanimous approval from the Senate
Judiciary Committee, which sent her nomination and those of three
other judicial nominees to the full Senate.
“I would expect her to have a speedy confirmation,” said Chris
Paulitz, a spokesman for Sen. George Voinovich, R-Cleveland, who
is one of Lioi’s key backers.
President Bush first nominated her to serve as a judge on the U.S.
District Court for Northern Ohio last year. She breezed through a
confirmation hearing, and the Senate Judiciary Committee approved
her before partisan squabbling unrelated to her prevented a vote
on judicial nominees at the end of the session.
Bush nominated the Stark County Common Pleas judge again last
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., waived a
second hearing on her nomination to expedite consideration of her
and other nominees, Leahy spokeswoman Tracy Schmaler said.
If approved, Lioi would hear cases in the 40-county judicial
district, including Stark, Tuscarawas and Carroll counties.
The Plain Township resident has been a Common Pleas judge since