Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) submitted her recommendations to replace North Carolina Middle District U.S. Attorney Anna Mills Wagoner and Western District acting U.S. Attorney Edward Ryan. Read her letter to President Obama this week here.
The Middle District candidates (with biographies from Hagan):
-Lee Farmer has been the member-manager for the law offices of R. Lee Farmer since 2004. Prior to that, Farmer was a partner at Farmer and Watlington LLP for 20 years, gaining extensive background in civil litigation and the general practice of law. He has worked with various local, state, and federal law enforcement and public agencies.
-Ripley Rand has served as a Superior Court judge in Raleigh since 2002. Prior to that, Rand was an assistant district attorney in the Tenth Prosecutorial District of North Carolina directing the Domestic Violence Unit and participating on the Dangerous Offenders Task Force.
-Susan Taylor has over 30 years of North Carolina judicial and prosecutorial experience. Since 2002, Taylor has served as a resident Superior Court judge in District 20A and 20B. Prior to that, for 12 years she served as a District Court judge in the Twentieth Judicial District, and another 12 years as an assistant district attorney.
The Western District candidates (with biographies from Hagan):
-Peter Anderson is a partner at Anderson Terpening, PLLC where he specializes in federal criminal defense, complex commercial litigation and corporate compliance counseling. Prior to that, he served as the federal prosecutor with the Environmental Crimes Section of the Department of Justice and the Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District.
-Danny Davis has served as the chief district court judge for the 30th Judicial District of North Carolina since 2004. In that role, Davis oversees five district court judges and 31 magistrates, while also preparing the court schedule for a seven-county district. Prior to his, Davis served as a district court judge for 20 years and was a partner at Noland, Hold, Bonfoey & Davis PA for three years.
-Anne Tompkins is a partner at Alston and Bird, LLP concentrating on government investigations and compliance. In 2004 and 2005, Tompkins was one of four Assistant U.S. Attorneys who were part of the initial Iraqi Regime Crimes Liason Office in Baghdad, Iraq, under the Office of the Deputy Attorney General. She has also served as the assistant district attorney for Mecklenburg County.