Columbia, SC (WLTX) - The South Carolina General Assembly has voted to give Jean Toal another term as Chief Justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court.
Toal won over her rival, Associate Supreme Court Justice Costa Pleicones, 95 to 74, on Wednesday afternoon.
The vote came during a special joint session of the South Carolina General Assembly.
Pleicones had announced last year that he intended to challenge Toal for the judgeship.
Toal has served on the state's highest court since 1988. She's been chief justice since 2000, when she took over for her predecessor, and was re-elected in 2004.
She is the first woman to hold the state's chief justice's position. She practiced law privately for 20 years prior to her appointment to the bench.
Pleicones has been on the Supreme Court since 2000. Previously he'd been a circuit court judge, and has in his career been a public defender, county attorney, and municipal judge.