Nick Brown Becomes First Black US Attorney in Washington State

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Morehouse College alum Nick Brown was confirmed as a U.S. attorney in Washington, making him the first Black person to be appointed to the role in the state.  

Nick Brown has made history in Washington state as its first Black U.S. attorney.  

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According to The Seattle Times, Brown was confirmed Thursday night on a voice vote. The 43-year-old has a civil and public policy litigation background and worked for Governor Jay Inslee from 2013 to 2017. He helped advised Inslee on legal matters such as the death penalty and the legalization of marijuana.  

Brown also has experience in the criminal sector, where he was a federal prosecutor before working as an assistant U.S. attorney. While prosecuting more than 100 cases, he handled the prosecution of sex abuse crimes and the case of a police officer who illegally sold weapons.  

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He attended HBCU Morehouse College before heading to Harvard Law School. Afterward, he served as a judge advocate general in the Army and obtained the rank of captain.  

Brown’s confirmation received praise from several Washington lawmakers. Governor Inslee congratulated Brown on Twitter, saying, “Your work has already made a great impact on our state and our region.”  

Jenny Durkan, the mayor of Seattle, said, “Congratulations to Nick Brown on his appointment as US Attorney for Western WA! He is an impeccable choice with the background, experience and dedication to justice to serve our region well.”  

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