US Attorney nominated for federal judgeship in Virginia

December 18, 2019 GMT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — President Donald Trump has nominated U.S. Attorney Thomas Cullen for a federal judgeship to fill a vacancy in U.S. District Court in Roanoke.

Cullen, 42, has been the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Virginia since 2018. He’s had several high-profile cases during his tenure, including criminal prosecutions related to the Unite the Right white nationalist rally in Charlottesville in August 2017.

The White House made the announcement on Wednesday.

Cullen was nominated for the judicial vacancy created when U.S. District Judge Glen Conrad claimed senior status two years ago.

Cullen still needs to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

Before becoming U.S. Attorney, Cullen was a partner at Woods Rogers PLC, where he headed the firm’s white-collar and government investigations practice.

Before that, he was an an Assistant United States Attorney in both Virginia and North Carolina.