09.10.09

Reed and Whitehouse Applaud Senate Committee’s Vote to Confirm Neronha as Rhode Island’s U.S. Attorney

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse today commended the Senate Judiciary Committee's vote to confirm Peter F. Neronha as Rhode Island's next U.S. Attorney. Reed and Whitehouse recommended Neronha for the position in May, and President Obama formally nominated him in July.

"We applaud the Judiciary Committee's vote to confirm Peter Neronha as Rhode Island's next U.S. Attorney. Mr. Neronha's years of exemplary service in the Attorney General's office and the U.S. Attorney's office have earned him respect throughout Rhode Island's law enforcement and legal communities. We are confident he will do an outstanding job of serving and protecting the people of Rhode Island, and look forward to a final confirmation vote before the full Senate."

Whitehouse, a Member of the Judiciary Committee, joined Committee members in supporting the nomination without objection.

The U.S. Attorney serves as the state's top federal law enforcement official. Nominees must be approved by the U.S. Senate to serve a four-year term of service.

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