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The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday unanimously advanced the nomination of Magna native John Huber to be the next U.S. attorney for Utah.

Sen. Orrin Hatch, a former chairman of the committee, said he hoped for a swift confirmation of Huber, 47, now an assistant U.S. attorney for Utah.

"More than ever, federal prosecutors today do not act in isolation but their efforts not only affect state and local jurisdictions but also require their collaboration," Hatch said in a statement, noting Huber's work as a deputy Weber Country attorney and prosecutor in West Valley City. "John Huber will be able to do that effectively."

In February President Barack Obama nominated Huber, who has been heralded for his history of prosecuting domestic violence and gun cases, including taking on the people who provided guns used to kill five and wound four in Salt Lake City's Trolley Square shooting in 2007.

Huber, if confirmed, would take over for acting U.S. Attorney Carlie Christensen, who has served as the top federal prosecutor in the state since last summer when David Barlow stepped down. Huber earned his undergraduate and law degree at the University of Utah.