Kustoff confirmed as U.S. attorney in Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - David Kustoff, the state chairman for the Bush-Cheney re-election campaign, has been confirmed as the new U.S. attorney for West Tennessee, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist's office announced Friday.

The U.S. Senate approved Kustoff's nomination late Thursday night.

"David has contributed extensively to his community, and his legal expertise and strong personal integrity are widely recognized," Frist said in a statement.

Kustoff was not immediately available for comment.

He will replace former U.S. Attorney Terrell Harris who resigned last year. The U.S. attorney in Memphis is the chief federal prosecutor for 21 counties in West Tennessee.

Kustoff, 39, is a former chairman of the Shelby County Republican Party and has been active in GOP politics since his days as an undergraduate student at the University of Memphis.

He has practiced law in Memphis since 1992, but has no experience as a prosecutor.

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