Dana J. Boente was named Acting Deputy Attorney General of the United States on February 9, 2017. Prior to his current appointment, Boente served as Acting Attorney General of the United States from January 30 to February 9, 2017.
Boente was nominated by President Barack Obama on October 8, 2015, and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on December 15, 2015, as the 60th U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. As the chief federal law enforcement for the District, which includes offices in Alexandria, Richmond, Norfolk and Newport News, Boente supervises the prosecution of all federal crimes and the litigation of all civil matters in which the federal government has an interest.
Boente is a 32-year veteran of the Department of Justice, and has spent his entire professional career in public service. He began his work in law by serving as a law clerk to Chief U.S. District Judge J. Waldo Ackerman for the Central District of Illinois in 1982. In 1984 he joined the Tax Division’s Criminal Section as part of the Attorney General’s Honors Program. In January 2001, Boente became an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Fraud Unit of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia (EDVA). He was detailed back to the Tax Division in August 2005 to serve as the Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General. Boente returned to EDVA when he was selected as the First Assistant U.S. Attorney in May 2007, and later served as the U.S. Attorney for EDVA from October 2008 through September 2009. In December 2012, Boente was appointed by Attorney General Eric Holder to serve as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana, a position he held until September 2013. He became the Acting U.S. Attorney for EDVA by virtue of the Vacancy Reform Act on Sept. 23, 2013, and served in that position until December 15, 2015.
Boente is a graduate of St. Louis University (B.S.B.A. and M.B.A.) and its School of Law (J.D.). He has lived in Arlington, Virginia, for 30 years.