(KMOX) – U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill and Gov. Jay Nixon today praised the nomination of St. Louis native Kevin O’Malley as U.S. Ambassador to Ireland.

O’Malley is dual citizen of the United States and Ireland. He is currently an attorney in the Litigation Practice at Greensfelder Attorneys at Law in St. Louis, focusing on medical negligence, federal white collar criminal defense, and product liability defense.

“Kevin is a terrific choice for this important position, and I know he’ll be an effective representative of the United States in Ireland,” Sen. McCaskill said. “I’ll be proud to have someone from Missouri—with more than 35 years of experience in public and private service—taking on this critical post, and I hope my colleagues will confirm him swiftly.”

O’Malley previously served as Special Attorney in the Organized Crime and Racketeering Section at the Department of Justice, as well as Assistant United States Attorney in St. Louis, and was an instructor for the American Bar Association’s Central and East European Law Initiative in Moscow and Warsaw.

In 2009, Gov. Nixon appointed O’Malley to serve on the Missouri Board of Registration for the Healing Arts, the state’s licensing and disciplinary authority for physicians.

“As Missourians, we are very proud to see one of our own given the high honor of representing the United States to a country that is not only one of our nation’s firmest allies, but also one that holds such strong ties to many Americans,” Gov. Nixon said. “As a distinguished lawyer, dedicated community leader and devout Catholic, Kevin O’Malley is an outstanding choice for this important diplomatic post. This is a proud day for St. Louis, for Missouri, and for our Irish-American community.”

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