Sen. Bart Davis nominated as Idaho’s new U.S. Attorney

Former Idaho Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis has been nominated as the next U.S. Attorney for the District of Idaho.

Davis has been the subject of speculation for months as a potential candidate for the post, replacing former U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson. U.S. Sen. Jim Risch congratulated Davis on Twitter on Thursday afternoon.

President Donald Trump nominated Davis, who was a 10-term Republican senator serving Idaho Falls. He served eight terms as the Senate majority leader.

Olson, an appointee of Barack Obama’s, announced her resignation in January, before Trump’s nationwide request for all U.S. attorneys to resign. Rafael Gonzalez, first assistant U.S. attorney, had been serving as acting U.S. attorney since Olson’s departure from the office.

U.S. attorneys are nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate, with local senators providing recommendations.

Davis, 62, was known for working in commercial, business, real estate and bankruptcy law, outside of his career in the Senate. He is one of Idaho’s commissioners on the Uniform Law Commission, which drafts and promulgates legislation for states to promote uniformity across jurisdictions. He was the past chairman for The Council of State Governments.

He graduated from Brigham Young University and earned his law degree from the University of Idaho College of Law.

Davis was one of nine nominees announced by the White House on Thursday for vacant U.S. attorney seats.

“I want to congratulate Bart Davis on his nomination to become Idaho’s next U.S. Attorney,” said Risch in a public statement. “Senator Davis is a committed public servant who has my full confidence. I will work with my colleagues in the U.S. Senate to have his nomination confirmed as expeditiously as possible.”

According to the Idaho Falls Post Register, Davis declined to comment on the nomination Thursday, saying he had been asked to refer any inquiries to the U.S. Department of Justice.

U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which has jurisdiction over Davis’ nomination.

“With his extensive combination of leadership, legal scholarship and service, Bart embodies the sound legal judgment required to uphold the law while fairly and aggressively prosecuting those charged with crimes,” Crapo said in a news release.