Robert S. Brewer Jr. File photo from 2014

Former prosecutor and prominent San Diego litigator Robert S. Brewer Jr. was sworn in Wednesday as the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of California.

Brewer, who was a candidate for District Attorney in 2014,  becomes the chief federal law enforcement officer responsible for prosecuting and defending the interests of the United States in one of the busiest judicial districts in the nation.

“It is one of my life’s great honors to serve as United States Attorney for the Southern District of California,” Brewer said. “I am committed to fairness, equality, justice and above all the rule of law. I will draw on my valuable life experiences to uphold these principles and protect our community and our border.”

Brewer succeeds Adam Braverman, who had served as U.S. Attorney for the past 14 months. Alana Robinson held the title from January to November 2017.

President Donald Trump nominated Brewer for the post last June, upon the recommendation of Sens. Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein. The full Senate unanimously confirmed his appointment on Jan. 2.

During the swearing-in ceremony, Chief U.S. District Judge Barry Ted Moskowitz noted Brewer’s contributions to his country and community, from heroic actions as a combat veteran in Vietnam to volunteer work for the American Red Cross, the San Diego Humane Society and Canine Companions for Independence.

Brewer is married to retired U.S. District Judge Irma Gonzalez, the nation’s first Mexican-American female federal judge.

— City News Service

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.