WASHINGTON, D.C. — Charleston attorney Mike Stuart is a step away from being confirmed as the new U.S. Attorney for Southern West Virginia.

Stuart’s nomination by President Donald Trump was advanced by the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday, according to U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito.

“We’re hoping to get it up to the Senate floor for full confirmation,” Capito said. “It’s been a long year trying to get that.”

Capito’s nomination to President Trump for the Northern District U.S. Attorney, Bill Powell, is already on the job after being confirmed earlier this fall.

Capito said the sooner Stuart gets on the job the better.

“We really need this, particularly in light of all of the opioid and drug issues that we are having across the state,” Capito said.

Stuart was responsible for Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign in the state. He previously served as chairman of the West Virginia Republican Party from 2010 to 2012.

Stuart was also the chairman of the West Virginia Presidential Debate Commission, an organization that pushed for holding a presidential or vice presidential debate in Charleston during the 2016 presidential election.

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