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Biden nominates 9 candidates for federal prosecutor posts, including Cole Finegan in Colorado

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Posted at 7:47 AM, Sep 28, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-28 10:48:42-04

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is nominating nine lawyers to run U.S. attorney’s offices across the country.

It's a diverse group of candidates in the latest round of picks for the top law enforcement positions.

The nominations are announced by the White House on Tuesday. The nominees are expected to run the federal prosecutors’ offices in Hawaii, Rhode Island, North Carolina, Colorado, Ohio, Vermont and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Biden nominated Cole Finegan to serve as U.S. Attorney for the District of Colorado, a move applauded by Colorado U.S. Senators Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper.

“Cole Finegan is a tireless public servant, gifted leader, and first-rate lawyer,” Bennet said. “Throughout his career, Cole has displayed tremendous judgement and integrity. All of those who have worked with him know he is compassionate, decent, and committed to the rule of law. I am confident that Cole will serve as U.S Attorney for Colorado with humility and independence, and I will work hard for his confirmation.”

Hickenlooper said: “Cole Finegan is a brilliant lawyer who understands the interface between government and the world it strives to serve as well as anyone I know. He will be fair, just, and dedicated, just as the U.S. Attorney in Colorado should be."

Finegan has served as the Regional Managing Partner for the Americas for a global law firm. Since 2007, he has served as the Managing Partner of that same firm’s Denver office.

He has specialized in administrative and municipal law, government contracts, energy, and real estate in private practice.

He spent about a third of his professional career in public service.

Finegan served as Denver City Attorney and Chief of Staff to the Denver Mayor, as well as the Chief Legal Officer and the Director of Policy and Initiatives for former Colorado Gov. Roy Romer.

Between 2010 and 2019, and in 2021, he was rated one of the Best Lawyers in America for his work on municipal law.

Biden's nine nominees include several historic firsts, including the first Black female attorneys to lead their districts.

The Justice Department’s 93 U.S. attorneys are responsible for federal criminal prosecutions in their respective districts and are central to Biden's efforts to combat violent crime.