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Lesbian Named U.S. Attorney

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Out lesbian Jenny Durkan has been confirmed by the Senate to become U.S. attorney for the Western District of Washington.

President Barack Obama nominated Durkan, one of his first six nominees, in May. She is to replace Jeff Sullivan, a Bush administration appointee.

"I am honored and humbled by this challenge and responsibility, and will spend each day working to honor the rule of law, protect our citizens from crime, and to defend the U.S. in civil cases," Durkan said in a press release. "I am proud to lead this team of outstanding attorneys and staff who work tirelessly in this pursuit."

Durkan has her own law practice in Seattle. She has also served as counsel to Gov. Christine Gregoire and taught trial advocacy at her alma mater, the University of Washington School of Law. She was recommended by Washington state senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell in February.

Durkan, 50, lives with her partner and two sons.

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