Two advisable as new U.S. attorneys for Washington | Information

Two recommended as new U.S. attorneys for Washington | News

Nick Brown, former attorney for Governor Jay Inslee, has been recommended for one of two US attorney posts in Washington state. File photo.

Ted S. Warren, Associated Press


SEATTLE – Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell recommend two firsts for Washington State’s two US attorney posts.

Nick Brown, former General Counsel to Governor Jay Inslee, would be the first black federal attorney in western Washington, and Vanessa Waldref, a Justice Department environmental attorney and former prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Spokane, would be the first woman to run the business there.

The senators forwarded the recommendations to the Biden administration and said in a press release Monday evening they hope for quick Senate appointments and confirmations.

“Washington State’s US attorneys will play a critical role in addressing challenges ranging from racial injustice to police reform and the proliferation of white supremacy to major climate and environmental issues and much more,” said Murray. “Both Nick and Vanessa served.” their country, state, and communities with honor and distinction, and each would bring the experience, insight, and leadership required to meet these challenges, promote justice, and reaffirm justice in these crucial roles. “

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Brown, 43, is a litigator at Pacifica Law Group in Seattle, where he handles complex civil, regulatory, public and other matters for public and private clients. He was Inslee’s attorney from 2013 to 2017, helping the governor deal with a number of issues, including Inslee’s 2014 moratorium on the death penalty and tensions with the federal government after Washington and Colorado became the first states to legalize adult marijuana sales.