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Limtiaco to be US Attorney for Guam, NMI

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by Mindy Aguon

Guam - Attorney General Alicia Limtiaco has made history yet again.  Today the Senate passed Limtiaco nomination to serve as U.S. Attorney for Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands.  She was the island's first female elected attorney general and soon she'll be sworn-in as the first female U.S. Attorney for Guam and the NMI.  Limtiaco isn't able to say much about the Senate's unanimous approval of her nomination, though.

Two months ago President Barack Obama submitted her nomination to the Senate after she came highly recommended for the position by Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo.

The daughter of Guam received her Juris Doctor degree in 1990 from UCLA and spent several years in the Prosecution Division at the Attorney General's Office, having also spent time in private practice.  Limtiaco has also passed on her knowledge as an adjunct faculty and assistant professor with the University of Guam, teaching business, public administration and legal studies and at the Guam Community College's Basic Law Enforcement Academy and criminal justice program.

The new U.S. Attorney has also been working on various public education initiatives, bringing awareness to the need for prevention of Internet crimes against children, identity theft and cybersecurity.  

Congresswoman Bordallo congratulated Limtiaco on her confirmation today, saying she is a qualified and dedicated public servant who she looks forward to work with.  Bordallo adding she is confident that Limtiaco will be an effective leader and will be responsive to the community's needs and concerns.

Current U.S. Attorney Lenny Rapadas, who has been filling the position for the last seven years, also sent his congratulations to his colleague.  He issued a statement today and said, "Alicia and I have worked together for a long time and I look forward to making her transition to her new position as smooth as possible."

Governor Felix Camacho also added of the news, "Lieutenant Governor Michael Cruz and I commend the Senate's confirmation...this historic vote not only ensures that justice is administered in Guahan and the CNMI but allows a respected daughter of Guahan to hold one of the most important federal posts in the Western Pacific. We join all island leaders in congratulating her, and wish her the best of luck as she assumes her new position. We are committed to working with AG Limtiaco to tackle the most pressing issues facing the two districts."

Bordallo also said of Rapadas' work for the island, "I would like to commend U.S. Attorney Leonardo Rapadas for his dedicated service to our islands and its law enforcement community since 2003.  Mr. Rapadas' appointment and confirmation as the first Filipino-American U.S. Attorney for our region broke a glass ceiling that existed from the very beginning of that office.  Mr. Rapadas has served with distinction and his efforts and initiatives while in office will continue to benefit our community for many years."

The Guam Election Commission in the meantime will anxiously be waiting to see when Limtiaco will be sworn-in and officially resign as attorney general - the law currently provides that a special election for the position would be required if a vacancy exists six months to the general election.  If Limtiaco isn't sworn in by Monday, May 3, then once she resigns from her current post, it will be up to Governor Camacho to appoint someone to the position until the public votes on the next AG.

Once sworn-in, Limtiaco will hold the position for a term of four years, or until someone else is nominated. There's no word on when or where her swearing-in ceremony will be.

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