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Biden nominates Jesse Laslovich as Montana’s new U.S. attorney

Jesse Laslovich has been nominated by President Joe Biden to be the United States Attorney for the District of Montana.

The Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health Montana-Wyoming Area is represented by Laslovich, who is now the Regional Vice President for the region. Aside from his work in Montana politics and the Montana judicial system, he has a lengthy history in the state.

Laslovich served in the Montana Senate from 2005 to 2010, and in the Montana House of Representatives from 2001 to 2004. He is a Democrat who was born in Montana.

The nomination was praised by Democratic Senator Jon Tester of Montana, who said in a statement Wednesday: “I’ve known Jesse Laslovich since I served in the Montana legislature, and he is the right person to be Montana’s next United States Attorney.” Montanan at heart, a graduate of Montana Law School, and most importantly, an aggressive and experienced prosecutor with a proven track record of successfully protecting Montana families. As a result, we have a number of major law enforcement issues to address in our state, including human and drug trafficking. As a result, I look forward to working closely with my Senate colleagues to ensure that Jesse is confirmed and begins working as soon as possible.”

From 2007 to 2008, the Anaconda native and University of Montana School of Law graduate worked as an assistant attorney general in the office of Mike McGrath, former Attorney General of Montana and current Chief Justice of the Montana Supreme Court, who was at the time Montana’s Attorney General.

In the office of the Montana Commissioner of Securities and Insurance, Laslovich worked as the Chief Legal Counsel from 2009 until 2016. During 2011 and 2012, he also worked as a Special Assistant United States Attorney at the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Montana, where he was responsible for a variety of criminal prosecutions.

On Wednesday, state Representative Bill Mercer, R-Billings, expressed his support for the nominee. Mercer served as the United States Attorney for the District of Montana from 2001 to 2009, having being appointed by former President George W. Bush to the position.

“Earlier today, President Barack Obama nominated Jesse Laslovich to be the United States Attorney for the District of Montana,” the White House said. I think Jesse is an exceptional candidate. In order to be an effective U.S. Attorney, one must have a diverse set of talents, but Mercer possesses the judgment, temperament, experience, and perspective necessary to do so,” stated Mercer in a written statement.

In 2016, Laslovich ran for Montana Commissioner of Securities and Insurance but lost to current U.S. Representative Matt Rosendale.