Biden taps nominees to run 93 US attorneys

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Biden taps nominees to run 93 US attorneys

U.S. President Joe Biden responds to questions from reporters in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S. January 24, 2022. REUTERS Leah Millis

The slate includes lawyers who, if confirmed by the U.S. Senate, would become the first Black woman to serve as U.S. attorney in Connecticut and the first woman to serve as U.S. attorney in Utah.

With their nominations, the number of people Biden has tapped to run some of the 93 US attorneys' offices increases to 43. The White House said they would help in its efforts to combat gun violence and other violent crime.

The nominees include Vanessa Avery, a former U.S. attorney's office in Connecticut, who now works in the state's attorney general's office as the chief of enforcement and public protection.

Biden nominated Trina Higgins, a long-serving federal prosecutor in Utah, to become the first woman to head the U.S. attorney's office there.

S. Lane Tucker, a former federal prosecutor and partner in the Anchorage office of Stoel Rives, was nominated to be the top federal prosecutor in Alaska.

Biden nominated federal Alexander Uballez to oversee the New Mexico prosecutors' office, and Jane Young, a deputy attorney general in the New Hampshire Department of Justice, to run the state's U.S. attorney's office.

The Democratic president also nominated Jesse Laslovich, a former prosecutor and currently a regional vice president for the health system SCL Health Montana-Wyoming, to serve as the top federal prosecutor in Montana.