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HARTFORD, CT—The Senate voted Thursday 36-0 to elevate Justice Richard Robinson to Chief Justice of the State Supreme Court.

The Senate vote comes on the heels of the House voting 146-0 to elevate Robinson.

Robinson is an associate justice on the Supreme Court who was nominated after Justice Andrew McDonald failed to win confirmation.

He becomes the first African-American chief justice of Connecticut’s Supreme Court.

Robinson will be replacing Chief Justice Chase Rogers, who retired in February.

“The approval of Justice Robinson to serve as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court no doubt makes history in Connecticut, and I wish him the best in his duties leading the judicial branch,” Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said. “Through my own relationship with Justice Robinson when we worked together for the City of Stamford, I personally witnessed a man who not only showed dedication to his public service responsibilities, but also had a passion toward building a stronger, fairer society for all. I am proud to congratulate him on this immense honor today.”