(Probably the first) Openly gay U.S. Attorney appointed

by on May 19, 2009  •  In Uncategorized

President Obama has nominated out lesbian Jenny Durkan to be U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Washington. According to The Columbian:                    DURKANX390

"Durkan is a lesbian who lives in Seattle with her partner and two sons. It was not immediately known whether she would be the first openly gay U.S. attorney; the Justice Department said it does not keep track.

"A graduate of Notre Dame and the University of Washington Law School, and the daughter of late state Sen. Martin Durkan, Durkan represented Governor Christine Gregoire in her campaign for attorney general in 1992. She continued to provide counsel off and on through Gregoire's election in the razor-thin 2004 governor's race, which Gregoire won after two recounts and a court case. She also was counsel to Gregoire's reelection campaign last year.

"The White House also cited Durkan's broad experience in civil litigation and criminal defense. Former Seattle Mayor Norm Rice made her the first citizen observer of the Seattle Police Department's firearms review board, which reviews police shootings, and she has served on a bipartisan panel that helped select nominees for federal judgeships in Western Washington."

HT: Ruth Eiseberg; photo: The Advocate.


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