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Downing nomination for U.S. attorney goes to full Senate


A former Oklahoma state legislator moved a step closer on Thursday to confirmation as U.S. attorney for the state's western district, based in Oklahoma City.

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee advanced the nomination of Timothy J. Downing. Approval came on a voice vote with no debate. Downing's nomination now goes to the full Senate. Downing, 39, currently serves as counsel for the Oklahoma Secretary of State.

U.S. Sen. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, said, "Tim is a qualified nominee, and I look forward to his confirmation by the full Senate in the days ahead.”

The U.S. attorney’s office in the Western District has been led for about 15 months by acting U.S. Attorney Robert J. Troester.

Downing served one term in the Oklahoma House of Representatives, from 2016 to 2018, as a Republican from Purcell. He did not seek reelection.

Downing got his law degree from Regent University in Virginia; his master’s degree, in management, from Oral Roberts University; and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma.

He worked for former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt from 2011 to 2016. Since 2011, he has served as a judge advocate in the U.S. Army Reserves.

Chris Casteel

Chris Casteel began working for The Oklahoman's Norman bureau in 1982 while a student at the University of Oklahoma. Casteel covered the police beat, federal courts and the state Legislature in Oklahoma City. From 1990 through 2016, he was the... Read more ›