U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu has announced her recommendations to President Obama for three key federal positions in Louisiana’s Western District. Landrieu recommended John Belton and Stephanie Finley as U.S. Attorney, Beth Foote to be U.S. District Court Judge and Henry L. Whitehorn Sr. to be U.S. Marshal.

The White House has final say on the selections but generally follows the recommendations. In making two nominations for the U.S. attorney’s position, Landrieu gives President Obama a pick’em on who will replace current U.S. attorney Donald Washington. Alexandria attorney Beth Foote has recently arisen as one of the leading contenders to replace U.S. District Judge Tucker Melancon.

“John Belton, Stephanie Finley, Beth Foote and Henry Whitehorn have exemplary records of service and the necessary experience to represent the people of the Western District with distinction,” Sen. Landrieu said. “I am confident that President Obama and Attorney General Holder will find each to be fair-minded, intelligent and ready to address the challenges that these positions bring. These candidates are well-qualified and prepared to serve in these important posts.”

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