Tarver nominated for U.S. Attorney post

A state senator has been nominated to take over the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Georgia’s Southern District, which includes Laurens County.

State Sen. Ed Tarver, D-Augusta, was named for the post Friday by President Obama’s administration. Like Michael Moore, Obama’s nominee in the Middle District that includes Macon, Tarver will have to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate before taking the job.

The White House announced the nominations along with a third for a U.S. attorney’s position in Massachusetts.“I have nominated these three outstanding men and women to serve as U.S. attorneys in their states,” the president said in a news release. “I nominated them for their diligence, intellect, integrity and their commitment to serving the public good. They will be distinguished U.S. attorneys, and I am grateful for their willingness to serve.”

Tarver is a partner in the Augusta law firm of Hull, Towill, Norman, Barrett & Salley, P.C. He has a law degree from the University of Georgia and was elected to the state Senate in 2005, according to his General Assembly Web page.

He served in the Army between college and law school, obtaining the rank of captain, according to the White House new release.

Reached by telephone Friday, Tarver said he was “extremely honored” to be nominated.

To contact Travis Fain, call 744-4213.