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Associated Press, Published December 28 2009

Senate confirms in Minn. 1st openly gay US marshal

MINNEAPOLIS — Minneapolis assistant police Chief Sharon Lubinski has become the first openly gay U.S. marshal.

The U.S. Senate last week confirmed the Green Bay, Wis. native to be the U.S. marshal for the Minnesota district. The decision also makes her the first female marshal in the state.

Lubinski has served a number of roles with the Minneapolis Police. She was also a sheriff's deputy in Wisconsin's Dane County for eight years.

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar recommended Lubinski to President Barack Obama, who formally nominated her to the marshal post in October.

The Democratic senator said Monday Lubinski's breadth of experience makes her a highly qualified candidate.

U.S. marshals oversee federal courthouse security, witness protection and the apprehension of federal fugitives.

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