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With bipartisan support, Senate confirms Anne Tompkins as U.S. Attorney and Kelly Nesbit as U.S. Marshal.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Senate today confirmed, with unanimous, bipartisan backing, two Hagan-recommended nominees for federal appointments in the Western District of North Carolina. U.S. Senator Kay R. Hagan (D-NC) in July recommended Anne Tompkins to be the U.S. Attorney and Kelly Nesbit to be the U.S. Marshal.

"The U.S. Senate has confirmed two highly qualified North Carolinians to key federal positions in North Carolina's Western District," Hagan said. "Anne Tomkins's excellent credentials include five years in the U.S. Attorney's office, where she was detailed to Baghdad to help prosecute Saddam Hussein. Kelly Nesbit has served for 26 years in the U.S. Marshals Service, giving him extensive experience for this key law enforcement job.

"I was proud to recommend both of these fine North Carolinians to the President, and I am pleased the U.S. Senate has acted on their nominations so they can begin serving the people of North Carolina in their crucial positions."

Both nominees were confirmed unanimously.

Tompkins is a partner at Alston and Bird, LLP, and was formerly an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District. In 2004 and 2005, she served as one of four Assistant U.S. Attorneys in the initial Iraqi Regime Crimes Liaison Office in Baghdad, Iraq.

Nesbit is a graduate of the University of North Carolina. He joined the U.S. Marshals Service in 1983 and is currently the Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal for the Western District.

Last March, Hagan convened a four-person, statewide panel, let by former North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Burley Mitchell, to screen candidates for U.S. Attorney and U.S. District Court positions. More information can be found here.

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