09.15.09

Reed and Whitehouse Applaud Senate’s Confirmation of Neronha as Rhode Island’s U.S. Attorney

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse today commended the confirmation of Peter F. Neronha by the United States Senate to be 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 Senate's confirmation of 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."

Whitehouse, a Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, joined Committee members in supporting the nomination without objection. The nomination was unanimously approved today by the full Senate.

The U.S. Attorney serves as the state's top federal law enforcement official.