AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage’s first judicial appointment is a Hampden resident who has worked as an assistant district attorney in Penobscot and Piscataquis counties for more than 20 years.
LePage on Monday appointed Gregory Campbell, 50, to be a District Court judge in Bangor.
“I am honored and flattered to learn that Governor LePage has nominated me to be a District Court judge,” Campbell said late Monday afternoon in an email. “It has been a privilege to represent the people of the State of Maine in my work at the district attorney’s office.
“I have been fortunate to learn a lot at the DA’s Office from working with great people like [Penobscot County District Attorney] Chris Almy and [Deputy District Attorney] Mike Roberts. I am looking forward to continue serving the public as a District Court judge.”
A nomination hearing before the Legislature’s Judiciary Committee is tentatively scheduled for 1 p.m. June 2 in Augusta.
Campbell will fill a position left vacant by Roland Beaudoin, who retired earlier this month, according to Mary Ann Lynch, spokeswoman for the court system.
“It’s gonna be a big loss for the DA’s Office but a big gain for the state,” Almy said Monday. “He knows the courtroom inside and out. He knows a valid objection from a frivolous one, and he knows a sincere explanation for illegal conduct from some bogus off-the-wall excuse.”
Judicial appointments are for seven years. A District Court judge’s salary is about $112,000 a year.
“I am pleased to appoint Gregory Campbell to District Court,” LePage said in announcing the nomination. “He brings to the bench broad experience. As an assistant district attorney, Campbell prosecuted complex felony jury cases and in his 25-year career Campbell has tried more than 200 trials, which have provided him with a great deal of knowledge. I believe he will be a fine addition to the court.”
A graduate of Brewer High School, Campbell graduated from Bates College in Lewiston and the University of Maine School of Law in Portland.
He went to work in 1985 as a prosecutor in Bangor. In the early 1990s, Campbell moved to the private sector for two years at Richardson, Troubh & Badge in Bangor, then served as a special assistant in the U.S Attorney’s Office. He rejoined the Penobscot County District Attorney’s Office in 1995.
Campbell is married to attorney Margaret Campbell. The couple have three children between the ages of 13 and 18.
Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified the District Court judge Gov. Paul LePage nominated Gregory Campbell of Hampden to replace. If confirmed, Campbell would fill the slot left vacant by Roland Beaudoin, who retired earlier this month, according to Mary Ann Lynch, spokeswoman for the court system.