Circuit Judge Ariana Fajardo Orshan Dubbed "Front Runner" For U.S. Attorney

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Ariana Fajardo Orshan could be stepping up to a new position soon.

According to a new report, Fajardo could become the new U.S. Attorney in Miami. 

Fajardo Orshan, a 46-year-old Cuban American who attended Florida International University, worked for the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office after graduating from Nova Southeastern law school, but has devoted most of her career to family legal matters. 

She is currently serving as the administrative judge for the county's family law division, after Gov. Rick Scott appointed her in 2012 and she won election to the bench without opposition two years later.

Both U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and Governor Rick Scott are throwing their support.

Three other candidates being considered: 

  • State Represenative Jose Felix Diaz
  • Former Federal Prosecutor John Sale
  • Federal Prosecutor Roy Altman

Before the president selects a nominee for U.S. attorney in Miami, the FBI would do a background check. After the nomination, the process of confirming in the Senate would take months.

Whomever is chosen would be succeeding Acting U.S. Attorney Ben Greenberg.

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