Senate Confirms Two Candidates to Court of Common Pleas, Lancaster County

Shawn Long and Karen Mansfield received a favorable vote by the Pennsylvania Senate 

HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Senate confirmed two candidates, Shawn Long and Karen Mansfield, to serve as judges on the Court of Common Pleas, Lancaster County according to Senators Ryan Aument (R-36) and Scott Martin (R-13).

Vacancies on the Court of Common Pleas are filled by candidates who are first nominated by the Governor, confirmed by the Senate, and then finally appointed to their post by the Governor.

As a private practice attorney specializing in bankruptcy cases, Shawn Long has described himself as a “compassionate conservative” who believes in judicial restraint. Before becoming a lawyer, Shawn served six years in the United States Marine Corps, followed by four years as a counselor in the juvenile justice system.

“Shawn Long is an exceptional candidate with diverse legal experience and an impressive record of service to his community and country through his time in the United States Marine Corps,” said Aument. “I was proud to support his nomination and look forward to him serving with honor and distinction on the Court of Common Pleas.”

Karen Mansfield has a long history of public service from assistant public defender in York County to assistant prosecutor in Blair County to her most recent post at the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office where she’s served as Assistant District Attorney since 2005. She has also emphasized the importance of judicial restraint throughout her confirmation process.

“Karen has dedicated her life to the positive upbringing and protection of our children through her work with the Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Unit within the District Attorney’s office,” said Martin. “Not only does Karen have the right work experience, but she also has the appropriate temperament to be a judge, and I was pleased to support her during this confirmation process.”

Both candidates must now be finally appointed by Governor Wolf to their new posts.

CONTACT:         Stephanie Applegate (Senator Aument)

                            Terry Trego (Senator Martin)


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