By Dawson Bell
Free Press Lansing Bureau

Recently re-elected Michigan Supreme Court Justice Robert Young Jr. was chosen this morning as the court’s new Chief Justice by his colleagues.

A breakdown of the vote on the seven-member court was not immediately released. But Young, a nominee of the Republican Party, was widely expected to benefit from the GOP’s return to majority after the November election.

Young was appointed to the state appeals court by former Gov. John Engler in 1995, and to the Supreme Court in 1999.