The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee will meet next week to consider the confirmation of State Senator Ed Tarver as the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Georgia. Tarver was nominated by President Obama after Edmund A. Booth Jr. retired from the post in September. Tarver has served in the Georgia Generally Assembly since 2005. If confirmed as U.S. Attorney, Tarver would serve as the chief federal law enforcement officer for the 43-county Southern District of Georgia. It would also make him the first African American to hold the position. If Tarver is confirmed, a special election would be held to fill his vacant senate seat.