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Obama picks Walker for U.S. attorney in eastern N.C.

Posted December 1, 2009 6:43 a.m. EST
Updated December 1, 2009 11:01 a.m. EST

— President Obama has nominated a Charlotte attorney to be the U.S. attorney for eastern North Carolina.

The White House said Monday night that the president is recommending 45-year-old Thomas G. Walker to the post. Walker is a partner with Alston & Bird, where he's worked since 2003.

Walker previously worked as special counsel to North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper from 2001 to 2003. He also served as assistant U.S. attorney in western North Carolina from 1994 to 2001. While in the U.S. Department of Justice, he served on a campaign finance task force assembled by former Attorney General Janet Reno.

A graduate of Campbell University's law school, Walker worked as a prosecutor for Mecklenburg County from 1990 to 1994.

His nomination as U.S. attorney has to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

He would replace George Holding, a Republican appointee who has led the investigation of former Gov. Mike Easley and former U.S. Sen. John Edwards, both Democrats.