Jenny Durkan, an out lesbian nominated by President Barack Obama in May, has been confirmed by the Senate to become U.S. attorney for the Western District of Washington.
“I am honored and humbled by this challenge and responsibility, and will spend each day working to honor the rule of law, protect our citizens from crime, and to defend the U.S. in civil cases,” Durkan said in a press release. “I am proud to lead this team of outstanding attorneys and staff who work tirelessly in this pursuit.”
Durkan, 50, has a law practice in Seattle, served as counsel to Gov. Christine Gregoire and taught trial advocacy at the University of Washington School of Law. She lives with her partner and two sons.