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Press Release

Senate Confirms U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Virginia

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Dana J. Boente was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate yesterday as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia (EDVA).

“I am honored by the confidence of the President, and Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine,” said Boente. “It is a privilege to serve the citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia and United States.”

Boente, who has served as Acting U.S. Attorney for EDVA since September 2013, will serve a four year term as the chief law enforcement officer in the district, which has offices in Alexandria, Richmond, Norfolk and Newport News.  From its early days and throughout its history, EDVA has been a national leader in investigating and aggressively prosecuting terrorism and espionage cases, in addition to battling economic espionage, piracy, theft of intellectual property, trafficking of weapons and narcotics, child exploitation, gangs and international criminal organizations, cybercrime, and public corruption.

Boente is a 31-year veteran of the Department of Justice (DOJ), joining DOJ in 1984 at the conclusion of a clerkship with the Honorable J. Waldo Ackerman of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois.  From 1984 to 1999, Boente was a Trial Attorney with DOJ’s Tax Division, and in January 2000, Boente became an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Fraud Unit of EDVA.  In August 2005, Boente was detailed back to the Tax Division to serve as the Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, and returned to EDVA in May 2007, when he was selected as the First Assistant U.S. Attorney.  In December 2012, Boente was selected to serve as the Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana, and later returned to EDVA in September 2013. Boente was nominated by President Obama as U.S. Attorney for EDVA on Oct. 8, 2015.

Boente, of Carlinville, Illinois, received his J.D. magna cum laude in 1982 from St. Louis University School of Law, and his M.B.A in 1977 and B.S.B.A. cum laude in 1976, both from St. Louis University.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Updated February 4, 2016