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First openly Gay U.S. marshal confirmed
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First openly Gay U.S. marshal confirmed

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

Minneapolis, Minnesota Assistant Police Chief Sharon Lubinski has become the first openly Gay U.S. marshal. Minnesota Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar, who recommended Lubinski to President Obama for the position, announced her confirmation by the U.S. Senate on December 28.

Already one of the nation's highest-ranked female law-enforcement officers, Lubinski now becomes the state's first female U.S. marshal and one of only two women in the nation currently serving in the post.

Lubinski was formally nominated for the post in October by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate in a whirlwind of pre-holiday legislative activity last week.

"Assistant Chief Lubinski has dedicated her career to the noble cause of protecting her fellow Americans," President Obama told the Senate. "She has displayed exceptional courage in the pursuit of justice, and I am honored to nominate her today to continue her selfless work as a U.S. Marshal for the District of Minnesota."

Lubinski has risen through the Minneapolis police ranks since joining the force in 1987. She has served as the Assistant Police Chief for Minneapolis since 2006, and was a finalist for police chief in 2004. Earlier, Lubinski served as a patrol officer, lieutenant, precinct commander and deputy chief with the Minneapolis Police. From 1978 to 1986, she served as a deputy with the Dane County Sheriff's Office in Wisconsin.

"Sharon Lubinski 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. "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."

U.S. marshals play a critical role in the federal justice system. Marshals oversee federal courthouse security, protect witnesses, transport prisoners, and catch federal fugitives.

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