Snyder to name new justice to Michigan Supreme Court

Posted at 10:52 AM, May 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-09 10:52:22-04

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder is set to name a new justice to the Michigan Supreme Court.

The Republican governor has scheduled a Tuesday afternoon news conference to announce his pick. Former Justice Robert Young Jr. resigned last month to return to a law firm.

Republicans have a 5-2 majority on the Supreme Court.

Young’s successor will be able to seek election for a full eight-year term in 2018.

With this choice, Snyder will have appointed four of the justices on the seven-member court who have since won election. One of his appointees, Joan Larsen, is being nominated by President Donald Trump for a federal appeals court judgeship.

So Snyder could have another spot to fill if Larsen wins Senate confirmation.