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Senate confirms Tompkins as U.S. Attorney

The U.S Senate on Thursday unanimously confirmed Charlotte attorney Anne Tompkins as U.S Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. Tompkins had been waiting nine months for this day to come. Senator Kay Hagan recommended her to the post in July. It took until around Christmas for President Obama to nominate Tompkins. And for the last four months, she's been waiting on the Senate to confirm her. "It has been a long wait, but it is the process and you have to make your way through it." Tompkins is a partner in the Charlotte firm Alston & Bird LLP, where her specialties include white collar criminal defense and internal corporate investigations. Before joining the firm, Tompkins spent five years as an assistant U.S. Attorney in the Western District. She headed the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force and prosecuted financial crimes. Tompkins also spent 8 months in Iraq in 2004 to help prosecute crimes committed under the Saddam Hussein regime. She'll begin her new as soon as President Obama signs her commission. "I'm very honored with the nomination and looking forward to getting ready for work." The Senate also confirmed Kelly Nesbitt to be the U.S. Marshall for the Western District. He's currently the chief deputy U.S. Marshall for the district.