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DENVER (KDVR) – The District of Colorado has a new U.S. attorney. Cole Finegan took the oath of office before U.S. District Court Judge Christine M. Arguello on Wednesday morning.

“I am honored to serve the people of Colorado as United States Attorney,” U.S. Attorney Finegan said. “I am excited to work with the talented and dedicated staff of this office, as well as our colleagues in law enforcement and the defense bar.”

President Joe Biden nominated Finegan on Sept. 28, and he was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Nov. 19. 

The U.S. attorney is the chief federal law enforcement officer in Colorado, overseeing all federal criminal prosecutions and civil litigation on behalf of the federal government. 

Finegan leaves private practice as the regional managing partner for the Americas to return to public office. He has served as the chief of staff for the Denver mayor, chief of staff for the Denver city attorney and chief legal counsel in the Colorado governor’s office. 

Finegan’s charitable work includes serving on boards, including the “I Have A Dream” Foundation, Children’s Hospital Colorado and the Denver Public Schools Foundation. He also contributed to the creation of a Family Justice Center, which addresses domestic violence. 

Matthew Kirsch served as acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Colorado from March 1, 2021, to Nov. 30, 2021.