WASHINGTON (AP) _ President Bush on Wednesday chose the 28-year-old son of Sen. Strom Thurmond to be South Carolina's U.S. attorney.

The elder Thurmond, who is second-ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, recommended his son to the White House in January for the job. The Judiciary Committee will consider the nomination.

The U.S. attorney oversees federal prosecutions in South Carolina.

J. Rene Josey, nominated by President Clinton in 1996, stepped down in February. An interim U.S. attorney has been serving.

The younger Thurmond is an assistant state prosecutor in Aiken, S.C.