The Maine Legislature's Judiciary Committee voted unanimously Tuesday to support the nomination of veteran District Attorney Geoffrey Rushlau as a district court judge.

The 12-0 vote now goes on to the Maine Senate, likely on Thursday, April 27, said Judiciary Committee Clerk Susan Pinette. The Senate vote is the final step after which Rushlau will be sworn in by Republican Gov. Paul LePage who nominated the longtime prosecutor.

The committee's vote followed a hearing at which Rushlau and others testified.

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 has since been elected and re-elected six times. Rushlau's current four-year term was set to expire at the end of 2018.

Deputy District Attorney Jonathan Liberman of West Bath, who serves in the district that includes Knox, Lincoln, Waldo and Sagadahoc counties; and Deputy District Attorney Paul Cavanaugh of Wiscasset, who serves in the district that includes Kennebec and Somerset counties are the two names being offered to the governor to succeed Rushlau.

Representatives of municipal GOP committees made their recommendations April 10 and those names have been forwarded to the governor who will make the selection to fill the pending vacancy.