Deidre Daly, a Connecticut lawyer who has served as an assistant U.S. Attorney in the state, was cleared Thursday by the Senate Judiciary Committee, paving the way for a confirmation vote.

If confirmed, Daly would be the 51st U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut.

Connecticut Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy praised the nominee.

“Deirdre Daly has earned tremendous respect as a tough and fair prosecutor and attorney with a strong sense of justice for victims of crime. She has proven herself as a capable manager and strong leader during the past year while serving in an acting capacity, and we are confident she will continue to excel in her tenure as United States Attorney,” Blumenthal and Murphy said in a joint statement.

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Ana has written about politics and policy in Washington, D.C.. for Gannett, Thompson Reuters and UPI. She was a special correspondent for the Miami Herald, and a regular contributor to The New York TImes, Advertising Age and several other publications. She has also worked in broadcast journalism, for CNN and several local NPR stations. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Journalism.

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