Middle Georgia will soon have a new U.S. attorney on the job.
The U.S. Senate confirmed Houston County attorney Michael Moore as U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Georgia in a unanimous vote about 10:15 p.m. Wednesday. There was no debate on the floor about Moore or the other nominees being confirmed, said Erica Chabot, a spokeswoman for the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Moore, 42, said he watched the vote on CSPAN 2 at home with his wife.
He said he started receiving congratulatory phone calls, e-mails and text messages Wednesday night, and the communications continued Thursday morning.
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Although no date has been set, Moore said he expects to be sworn in and to start work at the U.S. Attorney’s Office sometime next week.
“I’m looking forward to getting to work,” he said.
A little more than a year has passed since President Barack Obama first nominated Moore to be Middle Georgia’s top federal prosecutor on Sept. 17, 2009.
Little information has been released about why the confirmation process moved along slower for Moore than other U.S. attorney nominees. The committee voted Sept. 16 to send Moore’s nomination to the Senate floor for a vote.
Moore said he continued to practice law following his nomination, but he advised clients that he was awaiting confirmation and other attorneys might be needed to help resolve cases.
Arrangements have been made for other lawyers to take over Moore’s cases. Once he’s sworn in, his sole client will be the United States, he said.
Moore said he’s thankful for the support of “great friends” and other lawyers.
“It’s been good to have their support through the process, and it will made the transition easier,” he said.
G.F. “Pete” Peterman III has served as acting U.S. attorney since former U.S. Attorney Max Wood stepped down from his post in July 2009. Wood recently was appointed as Georgia’s chief judge of the Office of State Administrative Hearings after an unsuccessful bid to become Georgia’s attorney general.
Moore previously worked in the Houston County District Attorney’s Office for five years, rising to the position of chief assistant district attorney before leaving for private practice in 1997.
He won a special election runoff in 2002 to fill the state Senate seat vacated by Sonny Perdue when Perdue resigned to focus on his campaign for governor. Later that year, he lost his bid for re-election to challenger Ross Tolleson, R-Perry.
The Middle District of Georgia spans an area stretching from Georgia’s southwestern corner east through Valdosta, north though Albany and Macon, and east through Athens to the South Carolina border.