The Maine Senate on Thursday confirmed a veteran district court judge as the new chief justice of the state’s highest court.

Valerie Stanfill will take over as chief of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court and oversee operations in the Maine Judicial Branch. She has served as a Maine Superior Court justice since last year and served as a judge on the Maine District Court bench for 13 years previous to that.

Stanfill got unanimous support from the 34 senators who were present on Thursday, the Portland Press Herald reported. She also received a unanimous committee endorsement earlier in the week.

Megan Diver

Megan has worked in Maine politics for more than ten years and all of her professional career, having served in many roles for elected officials (including former Secretary of State Charlie Summers), in-house with the Maine Association of REALTORS®, legislative specialist at Pierce Atwood LLP providing lobbying services and support to Pierce Atwood’s government relations clients and most recently senior government relations specialist at the Maine State Chamber of Commerce. Megan currently is the Vice President at the Maine Energy Marketers Association, utilizing her vast knowledge and legislative experience at the State House to represent MEMA on policies relating to the Association and its members.