Obama Nominates Sharon Lubinski as U.S. Marshal; Would be First Openly Gay Marshal in the Nation

President Obama yesterday nominated Assistant Minneapolis Police Chief Sharon Lubinski for U.S. Marshal. If she is selected, Lubinski would be the first openly gay U.S. Marshal in the country and one of two active female Marshals of 94 serving across the country, and the first female to serve in Minnesota.

Lubinski Said Obama: "Assistant Chief Lubinski has dedicated her career to the noble cause of protecting her fellow Americans. 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."

In a press release, the White House noted Lubinski's background: "She has served in the Minneapolis Police Department for 20 years, 10 of those years in command positions. Prior to joining the Minneapolis Police Department, she spent eight years with the Dane County Sheriff’s Department in Madison, Wisconsin. She is currently a member of the community faculty at Metropolitan State University School of Criminal Justice. Lubinski earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Master’s from Hamline University, where she is also currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Public Administration."

Lubinski said she would be honored to serve: "During my 30-year career, I’ve actively partnered with federal law enforcement agencies in many different capacities,” Lubinski said in a statement. “The U.S. Marshal has a uniquely important role as the chief enforcement officer of the federal courts, charged with ensuring the safety and effective functioning of our justice system."


  1. Brian Austin says

    Kudos to Sharon and the entire Minneapolis Police force. Declining city crime rates, better relations with minority-majority neighborhoods and the rise of LGBT professionals within the force speak to a great record of Minneapolis building on its progressive leadership and citizenry. congrats!

  2. Mitch Shea says

    Yay gay cops! Awesome role models. Professional, impacting the communities in which we live, and working our way up through the ranks of a notoriously homophobic career path. Mending fences. Changing perceptions of gays AND cops. Making homophobic right-wingers feel a little confused. And fighting crime while we’re at it. All in a day’s work!

  3. Derrick from Philly says

    “Thank you Messiah for your benevolence.
    Fucking crumbs.”

    You are in a better position after 60 years of your civil rights movement than blacks were after 80 years of theirs. Ever think of that, Baby Jane…ever?

    In the 1950s, we got a few government positions too–what you call “crumbs” were advances for us…what makes you so special?

  4. Brian in Texas says

    The biggest impact on gay rights and advances in this country and the world is for people to COME OUT!! If someone personally knows a gay person they are much less likely to be ignorant or bigoted towards the community.

  5. Robert Lilligren says

    I do believe Sharon was the first openly gay officer in Minneapolis. She helped foster an inclusive and accepting environment. She has done an outstanding job as second in command of our police department. As vice president of the Minneapolis city council let me say that our city’s loss is our state, and national, gain.

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