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Published March 06 2009

Klobuchar shares pick for US attorney

MINNEAPOLIS – Democratic U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar has turned to a former U.S. attorney for Minnesota to take back his old job and run an office that has gone through a rocky couple of years.

On Thursday, she recommended B. Todd Jones be named the next U.S. attorney for Minnesota.

Jones held the position before – from May 1998 through January 2001 – during the Clinton administration. Since 2001 he’s been a partner with the law firm of Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi.

Klobuchar said Jones is the right person for the job.

“He’s a seasoned, highly respected attorney who is fair-minded and has impeccable integrity,” she said. “He has a strong record of working productively with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. Above all, he’s committed to seeing that justice is done under the law and for the people of Minnesota.”

Jones, 51, will need to be formally nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the full Senate. Traditionally, the president honors the recommendation of the senator from his political party.

Klobuchar served as Hennepin County’s top prosecutor while Jones was U.S. attorney. She said they had a good working relationship. “He is a real class act who’s not in this for his ego, but to see that justice is done,” she said.

Jones said he was honored by the recommendation.

“The U.S. attorney position is important to serve justice and protect the interests of the American people, as well as to help ensure the safety and well-being of Minnesotans,” he said.

For more than a year before his promotion to the top job in May 1998, Jones served as the first assistant U.S. attorney, where he was responsible for much of the day-to-day operations of the office. From 1994 to 1997, he was a partner with the Greene Espel law firm.