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Congressman Cleaver applauds Senate confirmation of Chief Al Lomax as U.S. Marshal

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Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II is proud to announce that the Senate has confirmed Chief Alfred C. Lomax of Kansas City to be the next U.S. Marshal for the Western District of Missouri.

Congressman Cleaver, who has known Chief Lomax since he was Mayor of Kansas City, first recommended him to President Obama, who nominated him on March 2, 2011. "I am pleased to nominate these outstanding public servants to serve as U.S. Marshals," said President Obama. "Throughout their careers, these individuals have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to justice, and I am grateful for their continued willingness to serve and protect the American people."

Upon Chief Lomax's confirmation on June 30, 2011, Congressman Cleaver said, "I know Al will bring to the U.S. Marshal's office the same integrity and professionalism that has become his trademark over his thirty years of public service. It was my honor to recommend him to the President, and I am pleased to see that my colleagues in the Senate agreed."

Chief Lomax joined the Kansas City Police Department in 1963, and later served as the Deputy Chief of the Investigation Bureau of the Kansas City Police Department, a position from which he retired in 1992. He then became the head of Airport Police at Kansas City International Airport. Chief Lomax will be sworn in as U.S. Marshal on Wednesday, July 13, 2011, In Washington, D.C.

The U.S. Marshals Service is the nation's oldest and most versatile federal law enforcement agency. Federal Marshals have served the country since 1789. To this day, the Marshals Service occupies a uniquely central position in the federal justice system. It is the enforcement arm of the federal courts, and as such, it is involved in virtually every federal law enforcement initiative.

Presidentially appointed, U.S. Marshals direct the activities of 94 districts -- one for each federal judicial district including Missouri's Western District. More than 3,953 Deputy U.S. Marshals and criminal investigators form the backbone of the agency. Among their many duties, they apprehend federal fugitives, protect the federal judiciary, operate the Witness Security Program, transport federal prisoners and seize property acquired by criminals through illegal activities.

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