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Obama nominates 2 for US attorney jobs in Virginia

(AP) President Barack Obama has nominated new U.S. attorneys for Virginia’s eastern and western districts.

Eastern District nominee Dana J. Boente has served as acting U.S. attorney since 2013. He has been with the office since 2000 and also was the district’s acting U.S. attorney in 2008 and 2009. Boente is a 1982 graduate of the St. Louis University law school.

Western District nominee John P. Fishwick Jr. has been a partner in the Roanoke law firm of LichtensteinFishwick and its predecessors since 1996. He graduated from Washington & Lee University’s law school in 1983.

The nominations were announced Thursday. Senate confirmation could come this year, said Prof. Carl Tobias of the University of Richmond law school.

“I am cautiously optimistic that it could be this year, if the GOP expedites the confirmation process,” Tobias said.

Both Boente and Fishwick received high recommendations from screening panels appointed by Virginia’s two U.S. senators and endorsements from the senators themselves.

A career prosecutor and the current acting U.S. attorney in the Eastern District, Boente has “proven ability as a manager of a dynamic office that is extensively engaged in cases involving national security, public corruption, and financial fraud cases,” said Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine in a joint statement Thursday.

“John Fishwick has practiced law in western Virginia for more than 30 years, and is highly respected by his colleagues for his work and his contributions to the bar,” the senators said.  “He began his career as a judicial clerk for the late Judge James Turk and has had extensive experience in civil and criminal proceedings in these courts,” the statement said.

Additional reporting by VLW. Updated Oct. 8 to include comment from Tobias, Warner and Kaine.

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