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Terwilliger confirmed as Eastern District U.S. attorney

Terwilliger confirmed as Eastern District U.S. attorney

The U.S. Senate on Wednesday confirmed G. Zachary Terwilliger as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Terwilliger was appointed to an interim position in May by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. He first joined the Eastern District office as an intern in 1999 and was hired in 2008 as the Project Safe Neighborhood special assistant U.S. attorney to focus on gun and gang crime, according to the Department of Justice. In 2010, Terwilliger was hired as an assistant U.S. attorney.

He also has served as Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's chief of staff, advising on “corporate compliance, federal, state and local law enforcement cooperation, violent crime reduction, and other critical matters,” according to the news release.

The seat was last held on a permanent basis by Dana Boente, who resigned last fall. The Eastern District has offices in Alexandria, Newport News, Norfolk and Richmond, and it often handles major cases of terrorism, espionage and public corruption, including that of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

Terwilliger earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia and graduated with the highest honors from the William & Mary School of Law, according to a DOJ news release.

His father, George Terwilliger, served as deputy attorney general under President George H.W. Bush.

 “I am grateful to the President for my nomination, the Attorney General for his willingness to support my prior appointment, to Senators [Mark R.] Warner and [Tim] Kaine for their recommendation and endorsement, and to my family for their constant support, patience, and understanding as I have pursued the calling of public service,” Terwilliger said in a statement.

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