Senate panel OKs Lubinski nomination to be U.S. marshal

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Minneapolis Assistant Police Chief Sharon Lubinski breezed through her confirmation hearing today and now stands one vote removed from becoming the nation’s first openly-gay U.S. marshal.

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved her nomination to be U.S. marshal for the District of Minnesota by voice vote, suggesting her nomination won’t face strident opposition when it goes to the Senate floor. That final vote has not yet been scheduled.

Lubinski was recommended to the White House by Sen. Amy Klobuchar in June, then nominated by President Obama in October. Sen. Al Franken, who serves on the Judiciary Committee with Klobuchar, also supports Lubinski’s nomination.

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