The Executive Council on Wednesday approved Martin Honigberg to serve as a Superior Court judge. The vote came more than a month after Gov. Chris Sununu froze the nomination in response to Democrats blocking his pick for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
Honigberg will leave his current post as chair of the state Public Utilities Commission. He previously worked in the Attorney General’s office and as counsel for Gov. Jeanne Shaheen.
In early June, Sununu announced the nomination of Honigberg for the Superior Court, as well as Gordon MacDonald, currently Attorney General, for the Chief Justice position at the Supreme Court.
The following month, Democrats on the Council rejected the MacDonald nomination on a 3-2 vote, leading Sununu to delay a vote on Honigberg.
During Wednesday’s council meeting in Dover, Sununu, without advanced notice, put forward Honigberg’s nomination for a vote.