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The former U.S. Attorney for Oregon has been a Multnomah County circuit judge since July 2009.

PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP FILE PHOTO - Multnomah County Judge Karin Immergut was nominated Thursday, June 7, to the federal bench.Former Oregon U.S. Attorney Karin J. Immergut has been nominated to be a U.S. District judge in Oregon.

Immergut, 57, is a Multnomah County circuit judge, where she has presided over more than 250 trials since her appointment in July 2009. She was U.S. Attorney for Oregon from 2003 to 2009. She also was a Multnomah County deputy district attorney from 1996 to 2001.

Immergut began her legal career as an associate at Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C. She earned a bachelor's degree from Amherst College, and a law degree from the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley.

She worked in 1998 for Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr during his investigation into then-President Bill Clinton and questioned Monica Lewinsky in August 1998 for a deposition as part of the probe.

Her nomination must be approved by the U.S. Senate.

Oregon Sens. Rony Wyden and Jeff Merkley praised Immergut's nomination Thursday, and said she was "among the highest-qualified applicants" and "exemplifies how the judicial selection process should work."

"The choice of Judge Immergut for the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon vacancy fits with our bipartisan state judicial selection committee's decision that she was among the highest-qualified applicants," Wyden and Merkley said in the statement.

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