President Obama nominated B. Todd Jones for the U.S. Attorney position in Minnesota, a job Jones held in the past.
Jones, a partner at Minneapolis-based Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi, served as Minnesota U.S. Attorney from 1998 to 2001.
He would replace acting U.S. Attorney Frank Magill if confirmed by the Senate. Magill took over after resignation of controversial U.S. Attorney Rachel Paulose, who was originally put into office on an interim basis by then-Attorney General Alberto Gonzales in 2006.
Obama touted the nominee’s past military service. Jones served in the Marine Corps from 1983 to 1989, and was called back to active duty during the first Iraq war, where he earned the rank of major.
“Todd Jones made the utmost sacrifice for his country and served with honor as a member of the United States Marine Corps who fought in Operation Desert Storm,” President Obama said in a statement. “And he has served the public in his civilian life, too, with a distinguished career in the U.S. Attorney’s office in Minnesota. It is my honor to ask him to serve in this capacity again.”
Jones also served as a First Assistant and Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Minnesota office.
The White House said it has forwarded his name along with several other U.S. Attorney nominations to the Senate. They include:
-Preet Bharara for Southern District of New York
-Tristram Coffin for the District of Vermont
-Jenny Durkan for the Western District of Washington
-Paul Fishman for the District of New Jersey
-John Paul Kacavas for District of New Hampshire
-Joyce Vance for the Northern District of Alabama