President Bush has announced that he will nominate U.S. Attorney Dee V. Benson to be a U.S. District Court judge in Utah.

Benson, 42, one-time legal counsel and administrative assistant to Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, has been U.S. attorney since 1989.Bush made the announcement Thursday, and Benson said he got a call from the president the day before. The nomination is subject to confirmation by the Senate, where it is not expected to draw the opposition that has plagued some other judicial nominees.

"Well, I never belonged to a country club," said Benson, referring to candidates criticized for memberships in all-white or all-male organizations. "Still, the White House suggested I say to the press that I'm flattered by the nomination and I have no further comments."

Benson graduate from the Brigham Young University law school in 1976.