Utahn Trina Higgins nominated by President Biden to be the next U.S. Attorney for Utah

Higgins has been an assistant U.S. Attorney for Utah since 2002.

Chris Detrick | The Salt Lake Tribune Assistant U.S. Attorney Trina Higgins speaks outside of the Federal Courthouse in Salt Lake City Tuesday, February 7, 2017.

On Wednesday morning President Joe Biden tapped Trina Higgins to be the next U.S. Attorney for the District of Utah.

If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Higgins would be the first woman ever nominated to serve in the position in the Beehive State.

Utah Sens. Mike Lee and Mitt Romney praised Higgins in a joint statement following her nomination.

“Trina Higgins is a fantastic choice to be the next United States Attorney for the District of Utah. I had the honor of working with Trina during a part of her nearly two decades in the U.S. Attorney’s office,” Lee said. “In our interactions, she always proved herself to be a dedicated, disciplined prosecutor. Her integrity and commitment will serve the people of Utah well in her new role as she continues to uphold the rule of law.”

“After reviewing her record and qualifications, and meeting with her personally, it is clear that Trina Higgins is exceptionally qualified to serve as U.S. Attorney for the District of Utah. I have full confidence that Trina will serve Utah and our country with honor and integrity, and I look forward to supporting her nomination when it comes before the Senate,” Romney said.

Higgins has served as an assistant U.S. Attorney for Utah since 2002. Prior to her federal service, Higgins was a deputy district attorney in the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office.

Andrea Martinez is the current acting U.S. Attorney for Utah. She moved into that position after John Huber stepped down from the post last year.

Several prominent Utah lawyers were rumored to be up for the job, including Salt Lake District Attorney Sim Gill, Park City attorney Margaret Plane, Kim Cordova, Greg Skordas and Martinez.

Higgins received her J.D. from the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law in 1995 and her B.A. from Weber State University in 1992.