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Saturday, July 15, 2017 1:00 am

2 Hoosiers up for positions as US attorney in Indiana

Young praises nominee for Northern District

NIKI KELLY | The Journal Gazette

President Donald Trump on Friday announced his third wave of United States attorney candidates – including two Indiana men.

The U.S. attorney serves as the chief federal law enforcement officer within his or her federal judicial district. These candidates share the president's vision for “Making America Safe Again,” a press release said. 

If confirmed, Thomas L. Kirsch II, of Schererville, will serve as the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Indiana. Kirsch is currently a partner at Winston & Strawn LLP, where his practice focuses on complex litigation and corporate investigations. Previously, he served as an assistant U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Indiana and as counsel to the assistant attorney general at the Department of Justice Office of Legal Policy.

He received his bachelor's degree from Indiana University and his law degree from Harvard Law School.

“Tom has a great legal mind and is a fearless litigator who has shown a willingness to take on powerful interests,” Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind., said. “I have no doubt he will continue the laudable work done by David Capp over the last decade.”

Trump also nominated Joshua J. Minkler, of Zionsville, as the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Indiana. Minkler has served as the interim U.S. attorney in that post since June 2015. Before that appointment, he served for 21 years as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of Indiana, where he held the positions of first assistant U.S. attorney and chief of the Drug and Violent Crime Unit.

Before he joined the U.S. Attorney's Office, Minkler served for five years as an assistant prosecuting attorney in Michigan.

He received his bachelor's degree from Wabash College and his law degree from Indiana University Maurer School of Law.

“Josh has served Indiana well as the interim U.S. Attorney for the Southern District. He has demonstrated the integrity and a heart for his community throughout his career,” Young said. “Both Josh and Tom are respected throughout the state. I'm confident that if partisan politics do not stand in the way, the vast majority of my Senate colleagues will vote for confirmation.”

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