Former Okla. congressman confirmed as Army counsel

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A former Oklahoma congressman has been confirmed as the next general counsel of the U.S. Army.

The U.S. Senate on Saturday unanimously approved Brad Carson's nomination, which President Barack Obama submitted in September. Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe endorsed Carson's nomination.

Carson served as a Democrat in the U.S. House from 2001 to 2005. He ran for the U.S. Senate in 2004 but lost to Republican Tom Coburn.

Carson joined a Navy Reserve unit and served in Iraq with the Army on active military duty. He was awarded the Bronze Star and the Army Achievement Medal.

The 44-year-old Carson has been teaching law at the University of Tulsa.

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