Gov. Paul LePage announced Wednesday that he was nominating longtime District Attorney Geoffrey Rushlau to the Maine District Court.

“As Governor, I have the utmost respect and have been impressed with the high quality work of the Judicial Branch. In choosing judges, my focus is on the qualifications, demeanor, and integrity of the candidates, not politics. All of my nominees reflect these priorities,” LePage said in a statement. “I am confident that Mr. Rushlau will live up to the high standards we expect from Maine judges.”

Rushlau, a resident of Dresden, is one of Maine’s longest-serving prosecutors. He is currently serving his sixth consecutive term as district attorney for Prosecutorial District 6, which includes Sagadahoc, Lincoln, Knox and Waldo counties. Prior to that, he was the assistant district attorney for Districts 6 and 3 (Androscoggin, Oxford and Franklin counties).
Rushlau was appointed district attorney for the four Midcoast counties in June 1993 by Republican Gov. John McKernan after then District Attorney William Anderson was appointed to a judgeship. Rushlau's current four-year term was set to expire at the end of 2018.
The governor will get to appoint a successor upon Rushlau's confirmation. The Republican county committees in the district will make recommendations to the governor for a successor. The successor must be of the same political party as Rushlau, who is a Republican.
The deputy district attorney in the Midcoast prosecutorial district under Rushlau is Jonathan Liberman. He was named deputy district attorney last year after more than two years as an assistant district attorney in Sagadahoc. He also has worked as assistant district attorney in Lincoln and Knox counties.
LIberman is a registered Republican from West Bath.
The Legislature's Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on the judicial nomination and then the full state Senate will vote on the nomination. Judiciary Committee Clerk Susan Pinette said the panel has yet to schedule a hearing on the nomination but it will be done by May.

“Waldo County and other coastal Maine communities have been very fortunate to have Geoffrey Rushlau as district attorney for more than two decades. I am certain that his experience and temperament will be a tremendous asset to Maine’s court system, and I look forward to his nomination coming to the Maine Senate," Maine Senate President Michael Thibodeau, R-Winteport, said in a statement issued Wednesday.

Rushlau is a member of the Maine Prosecutors Association serving twice as president (1998-2000; 2006-2008). He is also a member of the National District Attorneys Association, Criminal Law Advisory Commission, Maine Criminal Justice Academy Board of Trustees and the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency Advisory Board.
Rushlau is a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law.
He could not be reached for comment.