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The Utah Senate on Friday confirmed Constandinos Himonas to the state Supreme Court on a 27-0 vote.

Himonas, who is Greek Orthodox, will be the only non-Mormon on the state's high court. He has served as a judge in the 3rd District Court for a decade.

After his confirmation, Himonas told the Senate that its gallery was full of his family. "It is truly my Big Fat Greek Confirmation proceeding."

He told the Senate, "I am deeply, deeply committed to a textual approach to legislation that comes out of this body and the House, and an originalist approach to both the constitution of this state and the Constitution of the United States."

He added, "Those are the twin pillars of my jurisprudence. And I commit to you to remember them throughout the time that I serve as a justice."

Himonas replaces retiring Justice Ronald Nehring.

Sen. Scott Jenkins, R-Plain City, said senators found the judge during confirmation hearings "to be a wonderful, delightful individual who embodies the kind of principles that we believe a Supreme Court justice should."

Sen. Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross, an attorney, said he has appeared before Himonas in court. "I've always found him to be fair and intelligent with an excellent judicial demeanor. He is very well respected by his colleagues."

Sen. Jim Dabakis, D-Salt Lake City, who is of Greek descent, also applauded Himonas as "the first Greek American to serve on the Utah Supreme Court."

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