SC House member, Peter McCoy, tapped to be state’s new US Attorney

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – A prominent state lawmaker was nominated Wednesday to be U.S. Attorney from South Carolina by President Donald Trump.

Peter McCoy, 41, is currently the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. The Charleston Republican was elected to the House in 2010.

McCoy was a prosecutor before founding his current law firm.

If approved by the U.S. Senate, McCoy will take over as the top federal prosecutor in the state from Sherri Lydon, who was selected to be a federal judge last year.

McCoy is well respected by Republicans and Democrats at the South Carolina House.

Republican U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina is chairman of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee and said he is confident McCoy will be confirmed.

“Peter is a talented lawyer and is well respected throughout our state. He has been a valuable member of the state legislature and has the experience and judgment to be an outstanding U.S. Attorney,” Graham said in a statement.

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