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Monday, November 9, 2009 - 10:27am

Tarver Resigns Senate Seat

State Senator Ed Tarver has resigned from the Georgia Senate, following his nomination by President Barack Obama to become U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia.

Tarver becomes the chief federal law enforcement officer in 43 counties, extending from Lincoln County in the north to Charlton County near the Florida border.

Although reluctant to set priorities prior to being sworn in, Tarver says some of his concerns include health care fraud and…

“[G]ang activity and its impact on drug trafficking and weapons violations, and crime just in general, so certainly gang activity especially as it continues to grow in some of the smaller counties.”

The Democratic from Augusta was elected to the Georgia Senate in 2005.

Tarver will serve in his post at the discretion of the President Obama for a term of four years or until he resigns.

There are 93 U.S. Attorneys nationwide whose offices defend all civil and criminal lawsuits where the U.S. is named as a party.