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DENVER (AP) - Attorney Troy Eid, husband of a state Supreme Court justice and a former adviser to Gov. Bill Owens, was nominated by President Bush Friday to be U.S. attorney for Colorado.

The nomination requires Senate confirmation.

Eid would replace William Leone, who was appointed interim U.S. attorney in December 2004 after John Suthers resigned to become state attorney general.

Eid's wife, Allison Eid, became a Supreme Court Justice in February.

Troy Eid, had withdrawn his name from consideration for U.S. attorney in January, saying the selection process had taken too long.

In a statement, he said he was grateful to be nominated but would not comment further "out of respect for the deliberative process of the U.S. Senate."

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Eid had served in state government as director of the Department of Personnel and General Support Services. He is a shareholder in a Denver law firm, where he specializes in cases involving environmental issues, land development, Indian affairs and government affairs.

He earned an undergraduate degree at Stanford in 1986 and his law degree from the University of Chicago in 1991.

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