MILWAUKEE (WRN) - An assistant U.S. attorney in Milwaukee has been nominated for the top spot. President Obama named James Santelle Monday to replace Steve Biskupic, who resigned in January. The 51-year-old Santelle has been an assistant federal prosecutor in Milwaukee since 1985. He’s had several outside assignments as part of that role, including one in Iraq when he served as a Justice Department attaché at the U.S. Embassy from 2006 until last year. Santelle’s nomination must be confirmed by the Senate. He won the job over 8 other applicants, including assistant U.S. attorneys William Lipscomb, Karine Moreno-Taxman, and Mel Johnson. Santelle said he’s honored by the nomination and the support he received from Wisconsin U.S. senators Herb Kohl and Russ Feingold.
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