Last week, the Senate voted to confirm the nomination of Andrew Luger to be U.S. Attorney for Minnesota; Klobuchar and Franken recommended Luger to serve as U.S. Attorney and led the charge for his confirmation; Minnesota was without a full-time U.S. Attorney for the past two and a half years
Luger previously served as Assistant U.S. Attorney, is an experienced litigator, and was commended for his work reviewing the Metro Gang Strike Force
Minneapolis, MN – Today U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar spoke at the swearing-in ceremony for Minnesota’s new U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger. Last week, the Senate voted to confirm the nomination of Andrew Luger to be U.S. Attorney for Minnesota. Klobuchar and Franken recommended Luger to serve as U.S. Attorney and led the charge for his confirmation. Minnesota was without a full-time U.S. Attorney for the past two and a half years. Luger previously served as Assistant U.S. Attorney, is an experienced litigator, and was commended for his work reviewing the Metro Gang Strike Force.
“Today Minnesota got the U.S. Attorney it needs and deserves,” said Senator Klobuchar. “Andy Luger is a dedicated public servant whose breadth of experience, strengthen of character, and commitment to justice will make him an excellent U.S. Attorney. I am confident he will serve our state well.”
In July of 2013, Senator Klobuchar and Senator Franken recommended Andrew Luger to serve as the U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota. As a member of the Judiciary Committee, Senator Klobuchar consistently pushed for Luger through the confirmation process, including speaking on the Senate floor on four separate occasions to urge action on Lugar’s confirmation. On Wednesday, February 12th, the Senate confirmed Andrew Luger as Minnesota’s U.S. Attorney.
In 2009, Luger was appointed by former Commissioner of Public Safety Michael Campion to lead the investigation of the Metro Gang Strike Force and uncovered a series of problems with the unit; he recommended the unit be permanently disbanded, and it was subsequently abolished. In 2008, Luger was also appointed by St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman to co-chair the review of law enforcement’s treatment of the protestors during the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul. In 2012, Luger was appointed by Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak to review the city’s youth violence prevention program, and is currently chair of the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board.
The U.S. Attorney is the chief federal law enforcement official in the state, responsible for the prosecution of criminal cases brought by the federal government as well as the prosecution and defense of civil cases involving the federal government.