The U.S. Senate confirmed federal prosecutor Darcie McElwee on Tuesday to serve as U.S. attorney for Maine.
Republican Sen. Susan Collins, who shares a hometown of Caribou with McElwee, spoke in support of the nomination on the Senate floor. The nomination was confirmed on a voice vote.
“Based on her experience and her character, as well as her Caribou roots, I have every confidence that Darcie will faithfully uphold our nation’s laws and work to ensure public safety and order,” Collins said.
U.S. Sen. Angus King, an independent who caucuses with Democrats, and U.S. Reps. Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden, both Democrats, researched candidates for the Biden administration.
In a joint statement, they said McElwee has the “roots, background and skills” to lead the U.S. attorney’s office.
“Darcie McElwee’s confirmation as the U.S. Attorney for the District of Maine will make our state a safer, more just place,” they said.
McElwee, who has been a federal prosecutor since 2002, takes a job formerly held by Halsey Frank, a Trump appointee. Frank stepped aside to make way for appointments by the Biden administration.