President Joe Biden on Tuesday nominated Cole Finegan, a former Denver city attorney who once served under Democratic governors John Hickenlooper and Roy Romer, to be the next U.S. attorney for the District of Colorado.
Finegan, currently a managing partner at Denver’s Hogan Lovells law firm, beat out two other finalists — Denver City Attorney Kristin Bronson and Hetal Doshi, a federal prosecutor — for the region’s top federal law enforcement position.
The White House, in a statement announcing eight other nominations for U.S. attorney positions around the country, said confirming these prosecutors will be critical for addressing the uptick in gun violence over the past 18 months.
Finegan is a veteran of Democratic politics in Colorado going back decades.
He previously served as Denver’s city attorney and chief of staff under Hickenlooper, as well as chief legal counsel and director of policy and initiatives under former Gov. Roy Romer.
Finegan also did a stint in Washington, D.C., as chief of staff for former U.S. Rep. James R. Jones, an Oklahoma Democrat.
His appointment as U.S. attorney will need Senate confirmation.
The nomination represents Biden’s pick to replace Jason Dunn, who served as U.S. attorney in Colorado after being appointed by President Donald Trump in 2018. Dunn resigned early this year after Biden took office.