D.C. Mayor-elect Vincent C. Gray will announce this afternoon that he's nominating Irvin Nathan, the current general counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives, to be the city's next attorney general.
Nathan, whom House Speaker Nancy Pelosi named House counsel in 2007, will replace Attorney General Peter Nickles if he is confirmed by the D.C. Council.
Gray's pick comes as somewhat of a surprise: Many observers had expected him to nominate an African American or a woman to the position.
Gray said Nathan was recommended to him by famed lawyer Robert S. Bennett, who last year ran an independent probe of D.C. Council member Marion Barry's issuing of a city contract to his then-girlfriend.
Gray will hold a news conference at 1:30 p.m. to also announce that he's retaining Police Chief Cathy Lanier, and to name Paul A. Quander Jr. the deputy mayor for public safety. Quander is currently director of the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council.