Bart Davis, the current Idaho Senate Majority Leader and nominee for the next U.S. Attorney for Idaho, cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday.
Davis's nomination now goes to the full Senate for consideration. The vote has not been scheduled.
Davis, R-Idaho Falls, is a lawyer and in his 10th term in the state Senate and has been majority leader for the past 15 years. If he becomes U.S. attorney, this would trigger a reshuffling in the Senate leadership, as the Senate would need a new majority leader at least and possibly open up other positions if someone who is currently in another leadership role moves into that spot.
Previous U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson, who was an Obama appointee, resigned not long after President Trump took office.
“I congratulate Senator Davis on his nomination to be United States Attorney for the District of Idaho,” U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo, who is on Senate Judiciary, said in a statement. “With his extensive legal background and experience in public service, Senator Davis embodies the sound legal judgement required to uphold the law while justly prosecuting those charged with crimes. Senator Davis has demonstrated his legal scholarship throughout his long and distinguished career as an attorney in private practice. Further, he has an established history as a committed public servant, having spent nearly 20 years as a member of the Idaho state Senate. I strongly endorse Senator Davis’ nomination and welcome the committee’s approval."
"I was glad to see Bart Davis’ nomination to become Idaho's next U.S. Attorney advance today," said U.S. Sen. Jim Risch. "Senator Davis is a committed public servant who has my full confidence. Together, Mike Crapo and I will work to bring his nomination to the Senate floor as expeditiously as possible."