Tennessee lawmakers OK appointment of Page to Supreme Court

The state Legislature has confirmed the appointment of Roger A. Page to fill a vacancy on the Tennessee Supreme Court.
    
A joint convention of the House and Senate voted unanimously Monday to confirm Republican Gov. Bill Haslam’s third appointment to the five-member Supreme Court bench.
    
A constitutional amendment approved by voters in 2014 granted the Legislature the power to reject the governor’s nominees, but the House and Senate were unable to agree on a confirmation mechanism until this year.
    
Haslam previously appointed 60-year-old Page to the Court of Appeals in 2011. Page was previously a circuit judge serving Chester, Henderson and Madison counties in West Tennessee.
    
The Supreme Court vacancy was created by the retirement of Justice Gary Wade, who had given Democrats a 3-2 majority on the Supreme Court.

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