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New U.S. Attorney for Minnesota nominated

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Twin Cities attorney Andrew Luger was nominated Tuesday to become the next U.S. Attorney for Minnesota, a position still held by B. Todd Jones, the acting head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The Star Tribune reports that Luger was recommended by U.S. Sens. Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar. Luger, a former assistant U.S. attorney and DFL candidate for Hennepin County Attorney, is a criminal defense attorney with a Minneapolis law firm.

If confirmed, Luger would replace Jones, who was been named by President Obama to run the ATF. The confirmation for Jones has stalled in the Senate, leading to questions about when he might leave the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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