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President Donald Trump has nominated North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation director Dallas Carlson for U.S. Marshal of the District of North Dakota.

Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., lauded Trump's pick in a statement: "Given his experience leading the Bureau of Criminal Investigation and his more than 35 years working in various aspects of law enforcement, Dallas has the background necessary to serve well as U.S. Marshal. We look forward to advancing his nomination through the Senate."

Carlson said he is honored by Trump's nomination.

"The District of North Dakota has a very professional and dedicated staff at the Marshal Service. I look forward to working with them," he said.

Carlson has served 29 years with BCI, beginning as a special agent before promotions to chief agent and director. He has previously worked for Devils Lake and Mandan police as well as the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office.

His education includes a bachelor's degree from Dickinson State University and training from the North Dakota Law Enforcement Training Academy and the FBI National Academy.

In a statement, state Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem congratulated Carlson: "Dallas has served North Dakota law enforcement well over his distinguished career, and it has been my pleasure to work closely with him over the last 17 years. Although I will be sorry to see Dallas leave his current position as director of the Bureau of Criminal Investigation, there is no one better suited to be our next United States Marshal and I trust he will be swiftly confirmed by the U.S. Senate."

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., also commended Carlson, with whom she has also worked when she was state attorney general: "He always showed a passion for the job and a selfless attitude focused solely on protecting and serving all North Dakotans."

Liz Brocker, spokeswoman for the Attorney General's Office, said BCI officials have "been aware of the possible nomination for some time and have been reviewing a plan for succession."

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions appointed Dan Orr as acting U.S. Marshal for the District of North Dakota in May 2017.

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