AUGUSTA — The Maine Senate has approved dozens of nominations by Gov. John Baldacci to Cabinet and judicial posts as well as numerous boards and commissions.

Winning unanimous confirmation votes this afternoon were Ellen Schneiter of Readfield to head the department that oversees state finances and Angela Faherty as education commissioner.

After a brief debate, Kurt Adams’ appointment to the University of Maine System Board of Trustees was also confirmed.

Senators voted to elevate three District Court judges – Ann Murray of Bangor, MaryGay Kennedy of Brunswick and Robert Murray Jr. of Bangor – to the Superior Court bench.