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Limtiaco humbled by Presidential endorsement

by Mindy Aguon

Guam - She made history by being the first woman to be elected attorney general of Guam, and if she receives confirmation from the Senate, Attorney General Alicia Limtiaco could be the first female U.S. Attorney for Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands.  President Barack Obama officially nominated Limtiaco today transmitting the nomination to the Senate and Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo, who supports the selection.

Limtiaco was a prosecutor for more than seven years and is a 1990 graduate of the UCLA's School of Law; she received her Bachelor's of Science in Business Administration from USC in 1985. 

Limtiaco was unavailable for comment today, but Attorney General's Office's Spokesperson Eric Palacios says, "The AG is very humbled by President Obama's nomination and honored with his confidence in her abilities.  The attorney general is also very humbled and grateful for the support of Congresswoman Bordallo".

The congresswoman expressed confidence in Limtiaco, saying the attorney general has the "intellect and drive to address the issues and challenges that our communities face.   She has devoted her life to public service and we are proud of her accomplishments and her nomination by the President."

With the nomination being sent to the Senate, the Department of Justice will now conduct a thorough background check and the decision will rest with the Senate.  If confirmed, Limtiaco would replace current U.S. Attorney Lenny Rapadas, who has been in the position since 2003. A U.S. Attorney appointment is for four years or longer until a successor is appointed and qualified.

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