Fishwick sworn in as new U.S. attorney for Western District

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ROANOKE (WSLS 10) - In a short ceremony Monday morning, John Fishwick Jr. was sworn in as United States Attorney for the Western District of Virginia.

United States District Court Chief Judge E. Glen Conrad administered the oath of office at the federal courthouse in Roanoke, Virginia.

A public investiture commemorating the appointment will be held in January 2016.

U.S. Attorney Fishwick, 58, of Roanoke, Va., earned an undergraduate degree from Harvard University and his J.D. from Washington and Lee University.

Upon graduation from law school Fishwick clerked for then U.S. District Court Judge James Turk.

Fishwick has over 30 years of trial experience in state and federal court. Fishwick's nomination for the U.S. Attorney's post was recommended by Senators Warner and Kaine.

He was appointed and commissioned by President Barack Obama following a unanimous confirmation vote by the United States Senate.