Charlottesville native sworn in as new US Attorney for Virginia’s Western District

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Christopher R. Kavanaugh was sworn in as the new U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Virginia on Oct. 7, 2021. (Photo: Courtesy U.S. Department of Justice)

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Christopher R. Kavanaugh was sworn in as United States Attorney for the Western District of Virginia during a private ceremony in Washington, D.C. last week.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) says President Joe Biden nominated Kavanaugh to be the United States Attorney on Aug. 10, but the U.S. Senate did not confirm his nomination until Tuesday, Oct. 5.

“It is the honor of my life to serve as United States Attorney for the Western District of Virginia.  I know that the federal prosecutors here tirelessly serve the citizens of the Western District of Virginia in their pursuit of justice, and I am grateful for the opportunity to lead such a talented and dedicated team of public servants,” Kavanaugh said on Tuesday, Oct. 12. “I look forward to working closely with our law enforcement partners, defense counsel, and the court in serving the District.”  

According to officials, Kavanaugh — a 41-year-old from Charlottesville — graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Georgia Tech. He then earned his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law before serving as a clerk for U.S. District Court Judge James C. Cacheris with the Eastern District of Virginia. 

The DOJ describes Kavanaugh as “a career federal prosecutor, having served as an Assistant United States Attorney for both the United States Attorney’s Office in Charlottesville as well as the District of Columbia.”

During his career, Kavanaugh reportedly directed numerous multi-agency investigations and prosecutions, including the hate crimes prosecution of James Fields for the 2017 car attack in Charlottesville. 

In addition, Mr. Kavanaugh served as the district’s chief national security prosecutor, and spent time supervising and training fellow prosecutors while serving as the Counsel to the U.S. Attorney and Senior Litigation Counsel. 

Most recently, Kavanaugh worked as Senior Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General at the DOJ in Washington, D.C.

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