All four members of Idaho's congressional delegation, Republican Sens. Jim Risch and Mike Crapo, Democratic Rep. Walt Minnick, and Republican Rep. Mike Simpson, support the selection of newly confirmed U.S. marshall Brian Underwood. Underwood is currently a Pocatello City Councilman and warden at the Pocatello Women's Correctional Center. The U.S. Senate confirmed Underwood, who was selected by President Barack Obama.
“I am honored by the nomination by the President and now a confirmation by the Senate,” Underwood said in a news release. “I look forward to serving in this important role. Idahoans should be proud of the way our Congressional Delegation works together.” U.S. marshals perform a variety of law enforcement tasks, including conducting federal fugitive investigations, ensuring the safety of people in the Witness Security Program, and protecting federal judges and juries.
Crapo, Risch, Minnick and Simpson issued a joint statement following Underwood’s confirmation, saying “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 (current marshal) Pat McDonald for his eight years of service as Idaho’s outgoing U.S. Marshal.” Minnick originally proposed Underwood's nomination to the president, which was eventually accepted by Crapo, Risch, and the 98 other U.S. senators in a unanimous consent vote.
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