STAMFORD, Conn. — Andrew McDonald of Stamford has been nominated to serve as a justice on the Connecticut Supreme Court by Gov. Dannel Malloy, according to a news release.
“Honoring the law and serving the people of this state have been the focus of my professional life, and I will be humbled by the opportunity to continue to do both on the Supreme Court if confirmed by the General Assembly,” McDonald said in the release.
When confirmed he will replace Justice Lubbie Harper Jr., who has reached the mandatory retirement age 0f 70, the release said. McDonald will be the first openly gay person to serve on the court.
He has more than two decades of legal experience as an attorney working for Pullman & Comley LLC. McDonald also served as director of legal affairs for the city from 1999 to 2002 when Malloy was mayor of Stamford, and currently serves as general counsel to the Governor’s Office, the release said.
The Stamford resident has also held a number of elected positions at both the state and local level, most recently as state senator of the 27th District, Stamford and Darien, before working for the governor’s office.
“In each of the roles he has served, Andrew has proven to have an exceptional ability to understand, analyze, research and evaluate legal issues. He has undertaken his legal work with a focus on giving back extensively to his community and a commitment to the equal rights of all residents,” Malloy said in the release.
McDonald lives in Stamford with his husband, Charles Gray.