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Lamar confirmed by Senate for U.S. Attorney for the Northern District

The U.S. Senate has confirmed Oxford native Chad Lamar as the new chief federal prosecutor for the northern half of Mississippi.

Lamar has been an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District since 1991. He is currently the chief of the Criminal Division.

Lamar earned degrees from Millsaps College, the University of Mississippi School of Law and the Boston University School of Law.

He was nominated by President Donald Trump in June.

Lamar’s mother, the late Pat Lamar, was the Republican mayor of Oxford from 1997 to 2001. Lamar’s daughter, Bridges Lamar, is working as a personal assistant for Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter.

“Chad Lamar now has the important responsibility of serving as the federal government’s chief prosecutor in North Mississippi,” said Sen. Thad Cochran. “His solid career as an Assistant U.S. Attorney should serve him well.”

Sen. Roger Wicker and Cochran both recommended Lamar to Trump.

“Chad Lamar is an experienced prosecutor who has served the Northern District of Mississippi for the past 25 years,” Wicker said. “I am confident he will continue to serve the state with the same level of distinction in his new role.”

The U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi, Mike Hurst, was confirmed by the Senate in early October.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.