The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee has approved President Obama’s nomination of Ronald Sharpe as U.S. Attorney for the Virgin Islands by voice vote.

Sharpe, whom Obama nominated on March 10, has served as the interim U.S. Attorney for the Virgin Islands since September 2009.  He previously served in the U.S. Attorneys Office for the District of Columbia from 1995 to 2009 rising to the position of First Assistant U.S. Attorney.  The Virgin Islands has not had a confirmed U.S. Attorney since October 2008 when Anthony Jenkins resigned.

Sharpe is among the first U.S. Attorney nominees to receive U.S. Senate Judiciary confirmation in this Congress.  The Senate confirmed 76 of Obama’s nominees for U.S. Attorney in the last Congress.  There are 93 U.S. Attorneys nationwide.