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Klobuchar, Franken Recommend Andrew Luger as U.S. Attorney for Minnesota

Luger previously served as Assistant U.S. Attorney, is an experienced litigator, and was commended for his work reviewing the Metro Gang Strike Force

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken today announced that they are recommending Andrew Luger as the next United States Attorney for the District of Minnesota. Luger previously served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, is an experienced litigator, and was commended for his work reviewing the Metro Gang Strike Force. Klobuchar and Franken formed a bipartisan advisory committee to review candidates and assist them in making a recommendation for the U.S. Attorney position.

"Andy Luger's experience, character, and drive make him well-qualified to serve as Minnesota's next U.S. Attorney," Klobuchar said. "From his days fighting white collar and drug crime as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, to his work with Minnesota law enforcement on their gang-fighting strategies, Andy has earned the respect of the legal and law enforcement community and has proven to be a tireless advocate for the people of Minnesota. I am confident that he will serve our state well."

"The breadth of legal experience and know-how Andy Luger brings to the table will be a great benefit to Minnesotans," said Sen. Franken. "Andy's invaluable experience serving in both the public and private sectors make him an exceptional candidate for the job. I have no doubt he'll make an outstanding U.S. Attorney."

In 2009, Luger was appointed by the Minnesota Commissioner of Public Safety to lead the investigation of the Metro Gang Strike Force and uncovered a series of problems with the unit; he recommended the unit be permanently disbanded, and it was subsequently abolished. A Star Tribune editorial said that Luger's review of the Strike Force made "smart recommendations about the Twin Cities' next-generation gang-fighting strategy" and that his report included "welcome measures to begin the long process of rebuilding the public's trust." In 2008, Luger was also appointed by St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman to co-chair the review of law enforcement's treatment of the protestors during the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul. In 2012, Luger was appointed by Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak to review the Minneapolis youth violence prevention program, and Luger is the chair of the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board.

Luger is currently a partner at the Greene Espel law firm and has been selected as one of Minnesota's Top 100 "Super Lawyers" for the past ten years. He has been listed as one of the "Best Lawyers in America" for the past four years. Prior to his time at Greene Espel, Luger served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Minnesota and New York for seven years. Luger successfully prosecuted organized crime, drug and white collar cases including a $150 million national real estate and investment fraud case, which led to one of the longest white collar sentences in the United States and was one of the biggest white collar criminal cases in Minnesota at the time.

Luger is married to Ellen Goldberg Luger, the Executive Director of the General Mills Foundation, and has two children, Stephanie and Josh. He has spent the last 20 years residing in Edina and Minneapolis.

"The U.S. Attorney plays a critical role in ensuring justice for and protecting the safety of all Minnesotans, and I am honored to be recommended for this important post," Luger said. "I look forward to continuing to work with local, state and federal law enforcement leaders in this new role and am committed to serving the state of Minnesota."

Klobuchar and Franken's advisory committee was led by Judge Timothy O'Malley, and members included Annamarie Daley, a Minneapolis attorney in private practice; former U.S. Attorney Thomas Heffelfinger; Stearns County Attorney Janelle Kendall; Donald Lewis, Dean of Hamline Law School; retired St. Louis County Judge Carol Person; and Chief Thomas Smith of the St. Paul Police Department.

"Andy Luger's wealth of experience and long list of accomplishments make him an excellent candidate for U.S. Attorney," Judge O'Malley said. "I thank the many applicants who applied for the position and all of the committee members for offering their time and talents to assist in the selection process."

"As a former U.S. Attorney, I know that Andy Luger has the qualifications and skills necessary to excel in this position," said Heffelfinger, the former U.S. Attorney appointed by both President George H.W. Bush and President George W. Bush. "He is a team player who will work with law enforcement leaders at all levels to get things done for our state, and that's what Minnesota needs."

The U.S. Attorney is the chief federal law enforcement official in the state, responsible for the prosecution of criminal cases brought by the federal government as well as the prosecution and defense of civil cases involving the federal government.

Luger will need to be formally nominated by the president and confirmed by the full Senate. By tradition, a president typically honors the recommendation of the state's U.S. Senators. Luger would replace the current U.S. Attorney, B. Todd Jones, who has been nominated to serve as the permanent director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF). His confirmation recently cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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