President Barack Obama on Thursday nominated a replacement for one of the few remaining U.S. Attorneys appointed by President George W. Bush.
Obama tapped George Beck to replace U.S. Attorney Leura Canary, who has led the Middle District of Alabama U.S. Attorney’s Office since 2001. She is one of five U.S. Attorneys still in office who were confirmed by the Senate and appointed by Bush.
Canary irked several Democrats in Alabama for what they considered a politically motivated prosecution of former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman (D).
At one time, the White House considered Michel Nicrosi, who lost in a 2010 bid for Alabama attorney general, and defense attorney Joe Van Heest for the Montgomery-based U.S. Attorney post. Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby (R), who backed another candidate, contributed to the slow pace of the process.
Beck is currently a shareholder at the law firm of Capell & Howard P.C. in Montgomery. He previously was a sole practitioner from 1986 to 2003.
The nominee also was a partner at the law firm of Baxley, Beck, Dillard & Dauphin from 1979 to 1982 after serving eight years as deputy attorney general for the state of Alabama.
From 1966 to 1971, he was an associate at the law firm of St. John & St. John LLC.
Beck received his undergraduate degree from Auburn University in 1963 and graduated from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1966.
The Senate has confirmed 76 of Obama’s U.S. Attorneys thus far. Including Beck, there are five U.S. Attorney nominees waiting for consideration by the Senate. There are 93 U.S. Attorney posts across the nation.