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Senators nominate Boente for U.S. attorney

Virginia’s two U.S. senators are recommending Dana J. Boente for appointment to the U.S. attorney position for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Boente currently serves as acting U.S. attorney. He previously served as interim U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

Boente was unanimously rated “highly recommended” by a panel of Virginia attorneys selected by Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine to interview candidates who applied for the position, according to a news release from the senators’ offices.

Warner and Kaine made their recommendation in a letter to President Barack Obama Friday.

The president appoints U.S. attorneys, subject to confirmation by the Senate.

Boente has been serving as acting U.S. attorney since he replaced Neil McBride in late 2013. With Boente leading the office, prosecutors won convictions of former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife. The office also won the conviction of accused CIA leaker Jeffrey Sterling.

“Dana has shown himself to be a capable manager of a fast-paced and dynamic office of well over 100 prosecutors,” the senators wrote in their letter of recommendation.

The Eastern District of Virginia has offices in Alexandria, Newport News, Norfolk, and Richmond.


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