- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 1, 2015

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - The state Senate has confirmed Justice Jim Shea to the Montana Supreme Court.

Lee Newspapers of Montana reports Shea was confirmed 41-9 Tuesday, with all the “no” votes coming from Republicans.

Gov. Steve Bullock appointed Shea to complete the term of former Justice Brian Morris, who resigned to accept an appointment as a U.S. District Judge. Shea was sworn in last June, but still needed to be confirmed by the Senate.

Shea is a Butte native who received his bachelor’s degree and his law degree at the University of Montana. He worked as a law clerk for U.S. District Judge Paul Hatfield, practiced law in both Portland, Oregon and Missoula and taught work-comp law at the University of Montana law school. He served as state workers’ compensation judge from 2005 until last year.

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