WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the nomination of Justice Jon Levy of Portland to the U.S. District Court bench in Maine, U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced Thursday. Levy’s nomination now awaits a vote before the full Senate at a date to be determined.

“As we testified before the Judiciary Committee in December, Justice Levy’s extensive experience as a state judge and in private practice makes him extremely well qualified for Maine’s federal district court,” Collins and King said in a joint statement. “We are confident that, if confirmed, Jon Levy will serve the people of Maine and the nation with great intelligence, integrity, and impartiality.”

Levy, who currently serves on the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, was nominated for the position by President Obama in mid-September. As Governor, King nominated Levy to the Maine District Court in 1995 and then the Maine Supreme Judicial Court in 2002.

The committee approved Levy’s nomination by a 15-2 vote.