DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Senate has confirmed Gov. Jack Markell's nomination of the head of Delaware's Court of Chancery to be the state's new chief justice.
The Senate voted unanimously Wednesday to confirm Chancellor Leo Strine Jr. as the eighth chief justice of Delaware's Supreme Court.
The post became vacant upon the recent retirement of Chief Justice Myron Steele.
Strine has served since 1998 on the Chancery Court, a nationally known venue for resolving disputes involving some of the world's largest companies, many of them incorporated in Delaware. He has led that court since 2011.
Before becoming a judge, Strine worked as a corporate litigator and served as chief counsel to former Gov. Tom Carper.