- Associated Press - Friday, November 17, 2017

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - President Donald Trump has chosen Lancaster County’s top prosecutor as Nebraska’s next U.S. attorney.

The White House on Friday announced Trump has nominated Lancaster County Attorney Joseph Kelly to the federal post. Before taking the job, Kelly must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

Kelly is in his second term as Lancaster attorney and previously worked as chief deputy attorney and deputy attorney in Lancaster County.

He received his bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Nebraska.

If confirmed, Kelly would replace Deborah Gilg, who became Nebraska’s first female U.S. attorney after being nominated by President Barack Obama. Trump’s Justice Department told U.S. attorneys appointed by Obama to resign so the new president could nominate replacements.

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