Gov. John Carney presented the Order of the First State to retired Delaware Supreme Court Justice Randy J. Holland on April 12.

Holland, who retired at the end of March, is the longest-serving Justice in Delaware history.

“Justice Holland is an expert on the Delaware Constitution, a student of Delaware history and has been a steady source of wisdom on Delaware’s highest court for more than three decades,” Carney said. “It is a great honor to present Justice Holland with the Order of the First State. On behalf of the people of Delaware, I thank him for his commitment to public service.”

Holland became the youngest person to serve on the Delaware Supreme Court when he was nominated by former Gov. Michael Castle in 1986 and confirmed by the Delaware Senate. He was reappointed twice to additional 12-year terms, by former Gov. Thomas R. Carper and in 2011 by former Gov. Jack Markell. In 2009, he became the longest serving Justice in Delaware history.