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Senate confirms first openly gay U.S. Marshal, will oversee MN district

Senate confirms first openly gay U.S. Marshal, will oversee MN district

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota) announced Monday that the Senate has confirmed openly gay Minneapolis Assistant Police Chief Sharon Lubinski to be the district of Minnesota’s U.S. Marshal.

Sharon Lubinski

Earlier this year, Klobuchar recommended Lubinski to President Obama, who formally nominated her for the post in October.

“Sharon Lubinksi will be an excellent U.S. Marshal. It was a pleasure to recommend her to the President, and I was honored to vote for her,” said Klobuchar in a news release.

“Her mix of experience managing a large, urban police department and working in a rural sheriff’s office makes her uniquely qualified for this position. I know she will make Minnesota proud as she serves in this role.”

Lubinski has served as the Assistant Police Chief for Minneapolis since 2006. From 1978 to 1986, she served as a deputy with the Dane County Sheriff’s Office in Wisconsin.

Already one of the nation’s highest-ranked female law-enforcement officers, Lubinski becomes the one of only two women in the nation currently serving in the post, and the first openly gay U.S. Marshal in the nation.

U.S. Marshals oversee federal courthouse security, protect witnesses, transport prisoners, and catch federal fugitives.

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