Former federal prosecutor John F. Walsh is among seven of President Barack Obama's nominees for the job of U.S. attorney. If confirmed, the 48-year-old law-firm partner's turf would be Colorado.
Obama's initial choice, Stephanie Villafuerte, withdrew her name from consideration
in December following a political controversy over her role in the 2006 gubernatorial campaign of Bill Ritter (via the Denver Business Journal
). Both of Colorado's U.S. senators---Democrats Mark Udall and Michael Bennet---are supportive of the new nomination.
"He’s a Colorado native who knows the Centennial State forward and backward," Udall says, adding that he hopes for a swift confirmation.
Walsh is a partner in the Hill & Robbins law firm and a former federal prosecutor in California. He is also a finalist for an open seat on Colorado's federal trial bench, according to Law Week Colorado
. If sworn in, Walsh would replace David Gaouette, who has assumed the position since January 2009 on a temporary basis.
Photo courtesy hillandrobbins.com .