President Bush has nominated Circuit Judge Reginald Lloyd to be the next U.S. attorney for South Carolina. If approved by the U.S. Senate early next year, Lloyd would be the first black U.S. attorney in the state since Reconstruction.
The Charlotte Observer has this story.
Judge Lloyd was elected by the General Assembly as an at-large Circuit Court judge two years ago. Senator Lindsey Graham recommended Judge Lloyd for the job and says Lloyd has been a conservative judge. "He crosses all kinds of party lines and political lines," Graham said. Graham averred the Senate should take up Lloyd's nomination during or right after hearings on U.S. Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito, which are scheduled for next month.
South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint has also praised Lloyd: "I think most Democrats, Republicans and Independents will agree that he's the right guy at the right time. The South Carolina judicial system will be losing one of its most talented members, and the state and nation will be gaining one of its most talented U.S. attorneys."
Judge Lloyd graduated from the University of South Carolina Law School in 1993. He worked in the state attorney general's office from 1995 to 1998 and was director of research and chief counsel to the state House Judiciary Committee.
The South Carolina Bar has this summary of Judge Lloyd's career. (scroll down to "From the Bench").