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The Senate on Thursday confirmed the nomination of Lancaster County Attorney Joe Kelly to serve as U.S. attorney for Nebraska.

The nomination was approved by unanimous consent.

Kelly was nominated by President Donald Trump to succeed Robert Stuart, who has served as acting U.S. attorney since Deborah Gilg, President Barack Obama's appointee, retired last March.

"I'm happy to be where we're at," Kelly said in response to the Senate action. 

Sen. Ben Sasse, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which voted to advance Kelly's nomination to the floor of the Senate, hailed the confirmation.

"Joe Kelly's next career calling is to the benefit of Nebraskans across our state," Sasse said.

"Throughout his nomination process, Joe showed that Nebraskans will continue to be well-served by his commitment to honesty, humility and the law."

Kelly was elected as county attorney in 2010 and re-elected in 2014.

Before his election eight years ago, he served for a decade as chief deputy county attorney and has more than 30 years of experience as a prosecutor in the county attorney's office.


Political reporter

Don Walton, a Husker and Yankee fan, is a longtime Journal Star political and government reporter.

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