The U.S. Senate voted 72 to 23 Wednesday night to confirm Michael P. Shea as a U.S. District Court judge in Connecticut, filling the vacancy created by the elevation of Christopher Droney to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit.

Shea, 45, a native of Hartford, is a partner at Day Pitney. He is a graduate of Amherst and Yale Law School.

Mark is the Capitol Bureau Chief and a co-founder of CT Mirror. He is a frequent contributor to WNPR, a former state politics writer for The Hartford Courant and Journal Inquirer, and contributor for The New York Times.

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