Minneapolis assistant police chief Sharon Lubinski was confirmed as U.S. Marshal today, making her the first openly gay U.S. Marshal.
The Star Tribune reports: "Her confirmation by the U.S. Senate was announced Monday morning by Minnesota Democrat Amy Klobuchar, who recommended her.
Lubinkski was formally nominated for the post in October by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate in a flurry of pre-holiday legislative activity last week.
U.S. Marshals oversee federal courthouse security, protect witnesses, transport prisoners, and catch federal fugitives.
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."
Said Obama in October: "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."
Lubinski joined the Minneapolis police force in 1987.