The U.S. Senate has confirmed Pocatello City Councilman and current Pocatello Women’s Correctional Center Warden Brian Underwood as the new U.S. Marshal for Idaho. 1st District Congressman Walt Minnick proposed Underwood as the nominee, and President Barack Obama appointed him; the state’s entire congressional delegation backed the move and Underwood won confirmation in a unanimous consent vote in the Senate. Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, both Republicans; Minnick, a Democrat; and GOP Rep. Mike Simpson issued this joint statement on the confirmation:
“Brian Underwood will serve our state well in his new role as U.S. Marshal. Brian is an Idaho native and has worked extensively in law enforcement at the city and state level, as an officer and in management. The nomination process has worked well to produce a U.S. Marshal all Idahoans can be proud of. We also want to thank Pat McDonald for his eight years of service as Idaho’s outgoing U.S. Marshal.”
Underwood said, “I am honored by the nomination by the President and now a confirmation by the Senate. I look forward to serving in this important role. Idahoans should be proud of the way our congressional delegation works together.”
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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