Trump nominates new US attorney for Colorado – Colorado Springs Gazette
President Donald Trump has nominated Jason Dunn to serve as Colorado’s U.S. attorney in a long-anticipated move, the White House announced Wednesday.
Dunn is a former deputy state attorney general and assistant solicitor general under former Colorado Attorney General John Suthers and a shareholder at the powerful Denver law firm Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck.
If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, a process that could take several months, Dunn will replace Bob Troyer, an Obama administration holdover who was appointed acting U.S. attorney in 2016.
Troyer has held the job temporarily for almost two years as Colorado waited for a permanent U.S. attorney to be nominated. Attorney General Jeff Sessions extended Troyer’s appointment last November.
“I’m honored to be nominated and look forward to the confirmation process in the Senate,” Dunn told Colorado Politics.
In announcing the nomination, the White House noted that Dunn argued cases before the Colorado Supreme Court and the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, and that he helped formulate the state’s legal strategy when he worked for Suthers, now Colorado Springs mayor.
Colorado’s Republican U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner applauded the nomination.
“I’ve known Jason for many years, and I am confident that he will make an excellent United States attorney for the District of Colorado,” Gardner said in a statement. “Jason has a proven record of public service and involvement in his community, and he has the integrity and character that will make Colorado proud. I will urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to support his confirmation.”
If confirmed, Dunn likely will be faced with the Trump administration’s shifting stances on marijuana enforcement, as well as tension with local governments over federal immigration laws.
It’s unknown whether Dunn might take a more aggressive approach to enforcing federal law