Deborah Gilg
Deborah Gilg JILL PEITZMEIER

OMAHA - Nebraska has its first female U.S. attorney.

Deborah Gilg was sworn in Thursday by U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon. That comes two days after her nomination from the Obama administration was confirmed by the Senate.

Gilg served from 1987 to 2002 as Keith County attorney and most recently has been in private practice in Omaha.

The 57-year-old Gilg will replace Joe Stecher, who was appointed in April 2007 by President George Bush.

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Gilg graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of Nebraska College of Law.

In her new role, Gilg will oversee an office of nearly 70 employees.

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