Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Judge Correale Stevens To Swear In Pa. House

Steve Mocarsky of the Times Leader reports that Judge Correale Stevens, soon-to-be President Judge of the Superior Court, will perform the swearing-in ceremonies for the House of Representatives at the State Capital January 4, 2011.

“As a former member of the state House, it is a special privilege and honor for me to participate in the ceremony,” Stevens said on Tuesday.

Stevens, 64, of Butler Township, was invited by incoming Speaker of the House Sam Smith, R-Punxsutawney.

Stevens in November was unanimously elected to a five-year term as president judge of the Superior Court beginning on Jan. 9. In 2007, he was retained on the statewide appellate court to serve a second 10-year term.

A former state representative, Luzerne County district attorney and Common Pleas Court judge, Stevens graduated from Penn State University and from Dickinson School of Law, engaged in private law practice and served as solicitor for the city of Hazleton before his election to the state House in 1980 and re-election to three additional terms.

After serving four years as district attorney, Stevens was elected to the county Court of Common Pleas in 1991. He was elected to the state Superior Court in 1997 and won a retention vote by a nearly 2-to-1 margin in 2007.

It is going to be an honor for Tarah Toohil and the rest of the incoming class to be sworn in by a hometown native. (SOP picked a better picture of Judge Stevens to be posted).

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