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Former US attorney Thomas L. Kirsch II was appointed and confirmed as a judge on the 7th Chicago Court of Appeals last week. He replaced Judge Amy Coney Barrett, who joined the US Supreme Court earlier this year.

The U.S. Senate voted between 51 and 44 on Tuesday for Kirsch to be promoted to appeals court. Kirsch served as a U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Indiana since late 2018.

Gary Bell, Kirsch’s first assistant, is expected to oversee the operations of the office for an interim period before Biden appoints the person who will serve for at least the next four years.

The US attorney in Hammond is filing criminal charges prosecuting those charged with gun, drug and public corruption violations in the states of Lake, Porter, LaPorte and 29 other northern Indiana counties.

Jim Wieser, chairman of the Lake County Democratic Party, said Wednesday that Biden is likely to consult the wishes of not only Indiana Senators Todd Young and Mike Braun, both Republicans, but many other representatives of the Indiana federal delegation as well. Wieser said he expects a successful candidate for the next US attorney will require a strong trial attorney résumé as well as experience managing a prosecutor’s staff.

Mrvan made a prepared statement later this week that he is expected to be involved in all decision-making related to federal appointments in northwest Indiana, in collaboration with Rep. Andre Carson, Congressman for the 7th House District in Indianapolis.