President Donald Trump made a bit of history Thursday by nominating the first woman ever to be the U.S. attorney in South Florida.
Ariana Fajardo Orshan, a Miami-Dade Circuit Court judge whose nomination for the coveted position was pushed by Florida Gov. Rick Scott, once worked as a state prosecutor but has no experience in the federal justice system.
Fajardo's name rose to the top of the list of potential nominees for U.S. attorney in the Southern District of Florida after a handful of other candidates fell by the wayside because of political or professional reasons.
The U.S. attorney is the top law enforcement official in South Florida, overseeing more than 200 federal prosecutors in one of the busiest districts in the country. The Southern District of Florida, stretching from Key West to Fort Pierce, has a national reputation for prosecuting major drug-trafficking, fraud and terrorism cases.
If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Fajardo will replace Benjamin Greenberg as the U.S. attorney based in Miami. Greenberg replaced Wifredo Ferrer in March of last year when he stepped down after Trump was elected president. Ferrer had been nominated by President Barack Obama.
Fajardo, 46, who was appointed to the Miami-Dade Circuit Court bench in 2012, is a graduate of Florida International University and Nova Southeastern University law school.