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Senate confirms Luger as Minnesota’s U.S. Attorney

WASHINGTON — Luger will take over for B. Todd Jones, who was confirmed as the director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms last summer.

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed Minneapolis attorney Andrew Luger as the new U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota on Wednesday.

Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken had recommended President Obama nominate Luger for the position when his predecessor, B. Todd Jones, was confirmed as the head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms last summer. Obama formally nominated Luger in November, and the Senate Judiciary Committee signed off on him in January.

In a short floor speech before Wednesday’s unanimous voice vote, Klobuchar said Luger would essentially be Minnesota’s first full-time U.S. Attorney in more than two years, since Jones had served as acting ATF director since August 2011.

“The hundred people who work at the Attorney’s Office deserve a leader,” she said.

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Luger was an assistant U.S. attorney in New York from 1989 to 1992, and in Minnesota from 1992 to 1995, focusing on white collar crime. He’s currently a partner at the Minneapolis law firm Greene Espel.

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