Choi is 1st Korean-American county attorney in US

10:37 PM, Jan 4, 2011   |    comments
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ST. PAUL, Minn.  --  John Choi has been sworn in as Ramsey County Attorney, becoming the first Asian-American county attorney in Minnesota.

According to the Ramsey County Attorney's Office, Choi is also the first Korean-American to hold a county attorney's post in the nation.

After his swearing-in on Tuesday, Choi said his family came to the U.S. from South Korea in 1973, when he was 3 years old.

He says his family lived in low-income housing in St. Paul, and both of his parents worked. They came to the U.S. looking for a better life, and never thought their son would be elected county attorney. He says it shows "what a great country this is."

Among other things, Choi's office has responsibility for all felony adult prosecutions and all juvenile prosecutions in Ramsey County.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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