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Sara Elizabeth Lioi

Sara Elizabeth Lioi
Judge on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
Assumed office
Nominated by George W. Bush
Preceded by Lesley B. Wells
Personal details
Born 1960
Canton, Ohio
Alma mater

Sara Elizabeth Lioi (born 1960) is a District Judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. She joined the court in 2007 after being nominated by President George W. Bush.

Early life and education

Born in Canton, Ohio, Lioi graduated from Bowling Green State University with her Bachelor's degree in 1983 and later from Ohio State University College of Law with a Juris Doctor degree in 1987.

Legal career

Following law school graduation, Lioi joined the law firm of Day, Ketterer, Raley, Wright & Rybolt, Ltd. in the fall of 1987 and was promoted to partner in that firm in December 1993. In November 1997, during his second term as governor, George Voinovich appointed Lioi as a judge in the Stark County Court of Common Pleas, Central Division. She was elected to a four-year term in November 1998 and then re-elected for a six-year term in November 2002.[1]

Federal Judicial Career

On the recommendation of Senators George Voinovich and Mike DeWine,[2] Lioi was nominated to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio by President George W. Bush on January 9, 2007 to a seat vacated by Lesley B. Wells as Wells reached senior status. Lioi was confirmed by the Senate on March 8, 2007 on a Senate vote and received her commission on March 14, 2007.


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