(Columbia-AP) February 16, 2006 - The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved Circuit Judge Reginald Lloyd's nomination to be the next US attorney for South Carolina.
A spokesman for US Senator Lindsey Graham says Thursday that Lloyd's nomination was expected to reach the full Senate this week. Graham recommended Lloyd for the post, and President Bush announced the nomination in November.
The committee approved Lloyd's nomination without the judge having to testify. If confirmed, Lloyd would become the first permanent black US attorney for South Carolina in more than 100 years.
Lloyd, a Camden native who turned 39 on Thursday, graduated from 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 South Carolina House Judiciary Committee.
Lloyd would replace Strom Thurmond Jr., who resigned in 2005 after three years as the top federal prosecutor in the state. Veteran prosecutor Johnny Gasser has been acting as US attorney since Thurmond left.