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US Senate confirms Bart Davis as Idaho’s next U.S. Attorney

Senate Minority Leader Michelle Stennett, D-Ketchum, pays tribute to Sen. Bart Davis, R-Idaho Falls, after the Senate adjourned, Wednesday, March 29, 2017, in Boise, Idaho. (Katherine Jones / associated press)
Senate Minority Leader Michelle Stennett, D-Ketchum, pays tribute to Sen. Bart Davis, R-Idaho Falls, after the Senate adjourned, Wednesday, March 29, 2017, in Boise, Idaho. (Katherine Jones / associated press)

The U.S. Senate has confirmed Bart Davis as Idaho’s next U.S. attorney, in a unanimous-consent decision that came at the close of business in the Senate today.

“He has been approved,” said Lindsay Nothern, spokesman for Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo.

Crapo and Idaho Sen. Jim Risch had been strong supporters of the nomination of Davis, who for the past 15 years has served as the Idaho Senate majority leader. An Idaho Falls attorney, Davis holds degrees from Brigham Young University and the University of Idaho College of Law. President Trump nominated Davis for the position in June.

Idaho’s last U.S. Attorney, Wendy Olson, an Obama appointee, stepped down in February to make way for a Trump appointee; she joined a Boise law firm.

The unanimous-consent vote today included Davis along with a dozen other Trump nominees for U.S. attorney positions.

Crapo and Risch issued statements on the confirmation; here they are:

Crapo: “Senator Davis is a dedicated public servant who, in this role, will uphold the law, justly prosecute those charged with crimes, and ensure all Idahoans receive equal justice under the law. I congratulate Senator Davis on his confirmation to be Idaho’s next United States Attorney.”

Risch: “Senator Bart Davis is uniquely qualified for the job and I have no doubt he will serve the people of Idaho well as U.S. Attorney. I'm very pleased to see his nomination pass the Senate and I look forward to working with him on behalf of Idahoans.”



Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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