Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved the nomination Thursday of Minneapolis Assistant Police Chief Sharon Lubinski to be Minnesota's next U.S. marshal.
The vote was announced by Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., a member of the committee who had recommended Lubinski for the post.
Lubinski's nomination, made by President Obama in October, must now be confirmed by the full Senate.
Already one of the nation's highest-ranked female law-enforcement officers, Lubinski would become the state's first female U.S. marshal and one of only two women in the nation currently serving in the post.
Lubinski, who is gay, has risen through the Minneapolis police ranks since joining the force in 1987 and was a finalist for the Minneapolis police chief job in 2004.
If confirmed, she would be the first openly gay U.S. marshal in the country.
Her selection was spearheaded by retired Bloomington and Minneapolis Police Chief John Laux, who headed an interview committee for Klobuchar.
Lubinski would replace U.S. Marshal Michael McGinn, a former commander in the St. Paul Police Department.
BOB VON STERNBERG