Deborah Gilg
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Deborah Gilg of Omaha, a former county attorney in western Nebraska, was nominated Friday by President Obama to be Nebraska's next U.S. attorney.

Gilg would be the state's first female U.S. attorney and succeed Joe Stecher, who was appointed in 2007 by former President George W. Bush.

Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson recommended Gilg to the White House.

Gilg gained experience as a prosecutor when she served as county attorney in both Keith and Arthur Counties. She has been a part-time deputy prosecutor in Saunders County since 2003.

As president of Gilg, Kruger and Troia in Omaha, where she has worked since 2005, Gilg has been engaged in family law practice, estate planning and civil litigation.

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

Obama named U.S. attorneys in Nebraska, Nevada, Rhode Island and the western district of Virginia.

"These fine men and women have demonstrated the extensive knowledge of the law and deep commitment to public service Americans deserve from their United States attorneys," the president said.

The nomination requires Senate confirmation.

Stecher succeeded Mike Heavican, who was named chief justice of the Nebraska Supreme Court by Gov. Dave Heineman.

Reach Don Walton at 473-7248 or at dwalton@journalstar.com.

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