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Senate OKs New Mexico’s new U.S. attorney

The U.S. Senate has unanimously confirmed John Anderson of the Santa Fe law firm Holland & Hart to become New Mexico’s next U.S. attorney.

Copyright © 2018 Albuquerque Journal

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate has unanimously confirmed John Anderson of the Santa Fe law firm Holland & Hart to become New Mexico’s next U.S. attorney.

President Donald Trump nominated Anderson for the post in November, with bipartisan agreement from New Mexico’s congressional delegation. The U.S. Senate confirmed Anderson and a slew of other presidential appointees in a voice vote Thursday evening.

In a brief telephone interview Friday, Anderson said he won’t start work until Trump signs an order establishing him as the U.S. attorney for New Mexico. Anderson said he was told that process typically takes one to two weeks. Anderson declined to comment on his goals for the U.S. Attorney’s Office until he is able to get started and meet with his colleagues.

“I can tell you my priorities will certainly be consistent with what the Attorney General (Jeff Sessions) has laid out to be the priorities for the Justice Department nationwide,” he said. “At a more granular level, how that will look in the district of New Mexico I’m not ready to say until I get my boots on the ground and figure out what is going on in the office and how things are being implemented right now.

“It’s an honor to have been chosen to have been confirmed. It’s an exciting prospect but also a daunting one that comes with a great deal of responsibility, and I’m hoping I can do the best for the people of this district.”

At Holland & Hart in Santa Fe, Holland’s practice focused on complex litigation and government investigations. But he is no stranger to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, having served as assistant U.S. attorney in New Mexico from 2008 to 2013.

Anderson also clerked for Judge Paul J. Kelly, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit. He received his bachelor’s from Bowdoin College and his Juris Doctor degree from Fordham University School of Law in New York City, where he graduated cum laude.

Anderson will replace Damon Martinez, an Obama appointee who was dismissed by the Trump White House in March. Martinez is now running for Congress in Albuquerque’s 1st Congressional District.

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