On a voice vote with no opposition, the U.S. Senate confirmed Minneapolis attorney Andrew Luger as U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota.
Luger replaces B. Todd Jones, whom President Obama appointed to head the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF) last year.
Luger served as assistant U.S. attorney from 1989 to 1992 in Brooklyn, N.Y., and an assistant U.S. attorney in Minnesota from 1992 to 1995, where he focused on white-collar crimes. He is currently a member of the Minneapolis-based Greene Espel law firm, where he specializes in civil litigation and white-collar criminal defense.
The Senate Judiciary Committee cleared Luger’s nomination last month.
Noting that Minnesota has gone more than 880 days without a full-time U.S. attorney, Sen. Amy Klobuchar has pressed for weeks for a full chamber vote on Luger’s confirmation.
Jones served as both Minnesota’s U.S. Attorney and acting Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for two years until the Senate confirmed him as ATF director in July.
Sens. Klobuchar and Al Franken recommended Luger for the U.S. Attorney position last July. President Obama nominated him in November.
“We need to move ahead on this,” Klobuchar said during a speech on the Senate floor last week.
“Andy is well respected in the law enforcement community … He is committed to building and maintaining strong working relationships and partnerships between federal and local law enforcement.”