WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate on Wednesday voted 75-20 to confirm Maine Supreme Judicial Court Justice Jon Levy’s nomination to serve as a federal judge in Maine.

Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King of Maine praised Levy’s accomplishments, including his years as a judge and a private attorney, and his advocacy for legal help for Maine’s elderly and low-income people.

“Justice Levy has had a long career as an attorney and a judge in Maine, and his experience makes him well-qualified for Maine’s federal district court,” Collins said.

President Barack Obama nominated Levy in September and the Justice Committee gave its approval in January.

“With today’s strong bipartisan vote, it’s clear the U.S. Senate shares my belief that Justice Levy’s sharp intellect, impartial judgment, and extensive legal experience, both in private practice and as a state judge, make him extremely well-qualified to join the federal bench,” King said.

As governor, King nominated Levy to the Maine District Court in 1995 and then the Maine Supreme Judicial Court in 2002. He’ll replace George Singal and join John Woodcock and Nancy Torresen as federal judges in Maine. Singal and D. Brock Hornby will enjoy “senior status” and occasionally hear cases.