U.S. Sens. Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar say they’re recommending Andrew Luger to be the next U.S. Attorney for Minnesota.
Luger must still be nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate. He would replace B. Todd Jones, who’s been nominated to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, but has faced opposition from Republicans in Congress.
Luger ran for Hennepin County Attorney in 2006, and was considered a contender for the U.S. Attorney job when Jones was appointed in 2009.
Luger has previously been an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Minnesota and New York, and is now a partner at the Greene Espel law firm in Minneapolis.
In a statement, Klobuchar said of Luger:
“From his days fighting white collar and drug crime as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, to his work with Minnesota law enforcement on their gang-fighting strategies, Andy has earned the respect of the legal and law enforcement community and has proven to be a tireless advocate for the people of Minnesota. I am confident that he will serve our state well.”
Other Luger achievements noted in the announcement from Klobuchar and Franken:
- In 2009, Luger was appointed by the Minnesota Commissioner of Public Safety to lead the investigation of the Metro Gang Strike Force and uncovered a series of problems with the unit.
- In 2008, Luger was also appointed by St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman to co-chair the review of law enforcement’s treatment of the protesters during the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul.
- In 2012, Luger was appointed by Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak to review the Minneapolis youth-violence prevention program.
- Luger is the chair of the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board.