Virginia’s two U.S. senators have endorsed Roanoke lawyer John P. Fishwick for the post of U.S. attorney for the Western District of Virginia.
The senators’ recommendation comes in a May 5 letter to President Barack Obama, who would make the appointment. The president’s nomination is subject to confirmation by the Senate after a review by the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“We selected a panel of attorneys from across the Commonwealth to interview John and others who applied for this recommendation. John received the highest recommendation from the panel,” the senators wrote.
Fishwick has practiced law in Roanoke for more than 30 years. A graduate of Harvard and the Washington & Lee law school, he clerked for U.S. District Judge James Turk before entering private practice.
Fishwick was endorsed by two Roanoke area bar associations when he applied for a federal district judgeship last year. Seven years ago, he began fundraising for a 2009 bid for state attorney general, but decided not to run.
The Western District position has been open since Timothy Heaphy left for private practice in December.
Sen. Mark Warner also is considering applicants for the open position of U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. Applicants are being interviewed now, according to a Warner spokesperson. The senators are expected to make recommendations to the White House by the end of the month, he said.