Minneapolis Assistant Police Chief Sharon Lubinski is one step away from becoming Minnesota's next U.S. Marshal, and the first openly gay U.S. Marshal, after winning approval from the Senate Judiciary Committee. Her name now goes on to the full Senate for final approval.
Lubinski has been assistant police chief since 2006, having risen through the ranks after moving here from the Dane County Sheriff's Office in Wisconsin.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who sits on the committee, announced the vote. She had originally recommended Lubinksi's nomination to the Obama administration.
"Sharon Lubinksi is an excellent candidate for U.S. Marshal, and I was honored to recommend her to the President and to vote for her in the Judiciary Committee today," Klobuchar said in an announcement. "Her mix of experience managing a large, urban police department and working in a rural sheriff's office makes her uniquely qualified to serve in this role. I look forward to voting for her confirmation on the Senate floor."