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Published January 05, 2011, 05:26 AM

Choi is 1st Korean-American county attorney in US

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - John Choi has been sworn in as Ramsey County Attorney, becoming the first Asian-American county attorney in Minnesota.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - 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

nationwide.

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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