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      Obama names first female Secret Service director

      President Barack Obama has named veteran Secret Service agent Julia Pierson as the agency's first female director.

      Pierson currently is chief of staff of the agency, which investigates financial crimes and is responsible for protecting the president and his family. She is a 30-year veteran of the agency.

      Obama announced Pierson's nomination Tuesday in a statement. He said she has had an exemplary career and is "eminently qualified" to lead the agency, which recently has been marred by scandal.

      Pierson does not need to be confirmed by the Senate.