Canton Repository

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 month.

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 1997.