Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber announced Wednesday that he intends to appoint Ellen Rosenblum to fill the vacancy left by outgoing Attorney General John Kroger.

Rosenblum, a former appellate court judge, defeated former interim Oregon U.S. Attorney Dwight Holden for the Democratic nomination for Attorney General in the May 15 Primary Election. There is no Republican candidate.

Kroger, who did not run for re-election, is resigning to become president of Reed College. Rosenblum will be sworn in as Oregon's first female Attorney General on Friday, June 29.

'This is a historic moment. Throughout her career, Ellen has been an advocate for the people of Oregon,' said Kitzhaber said in a prepared statement. 'She brings over three decades of legal experience as a lawyer, trial judge and appellate judge and is ready to get to work on day one.'

Kroger issued a statement saying Rosenblum will make a "fantastic" Attorney General and he will work with her to ensure a smooth transition.

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