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Senate Judiciary Committee approves Erek Barron to be Maryland’s next U.S. attorney

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to approve Prince George’s County Del. Erek Barron to become Maryland’s next U.S. attorney, sending his nomination to the Senate floor.

Barron, 47, would be the first Black person to hold the post, and the first Democrat in 20 years.

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The committee approved Barron on a voice vote along with a half-dozen other U.S. attorney nominees from other states.

The panel delayed voting on one such appointee — Rachael S. Rollins of Massachusetts. Sen. Tom Cotton, an Arkansas Republican, has questioned the record and some public comments of Rollins, who is the Suffolk County district attorney. She would be the first Black woman to serve as U.S. attorney in Massachusetts.

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President Joe Biden “has pledged to nominate and confirm U.S. attorneys and judges, who are diverse in terms of ethnicity and experience, and today’s group keeps his promise,” said University of Richmond law professor Carl Tobias.

Barron has been a prosecutor and worked as Biden’s counsel and policy adviser when the president was a U.S. Senator.

Barron’s nomination is expected to move to the Senate floor within the next few weeks. He declined to comment after Thursday’s vote.

“We will continue working towards his swift approval by the full Senate so he can take charge of our federal efforts to improve public safety and deliver justice for all Marylanders,” said a statement by Democratic Maryland Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen.

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