State Sen. Doug Overbey nominated as U.S. attorney for East Tennessee

State Sen. Doug Overbey, R-Maryville, was nominated Friday by President Donald Trump to serve as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee.

Overbey was one of six U.S. attorney nominations announced today by the president. He’s the fourth Republican state senator who now seems likely to be leaving the legislature next year. Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris has been nominated as a federal judge by Trump, Senate Republican Caucus Chairman Bill Ketron has announced he will run for Rutherford County mayor rather than seek reelection and Sen. Mae Beavers is running for governor rather than seek reelection.

Here the portion of the White House press release dealing with Overbey:

If confirmed, J. Douglas Overbey of Tennessee will serve as the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee.  Mr. Overbey is currently a senior partner and cofounder of the law firm Robertson Overbey.  During his 38 years of practice, he has handled a diverse array of legal matters, including antitrust and commercial litigation.  Mr. Overbey is also a three-term Tennessee state senator and the chair of the state ethics committee.  He previously served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Tennessee College of Law.  He received his B.A., magna cum laude, from Carson-Newman College, and his J.D. from the University of Tennessee College of Law, where he was first in his class and Order of the Coif.

From the News Sentinel’s report:

“I feel honored by the president considering me for this position,” Overbey said Friday evening.

…To serve as the U.S. Attorney, Overbey would have to leave both his law firm and his office as a state senator. Nevertheless, he said, he is excited for the opportunity.

“If confirmed, that would be my role and my job and my focus,” Overbey said.

Statements from Tennessee politicians praising Overbey’s nomination:

Lt. Gov. Randy McNally: “Sen. Doug Overbey has been one of the most valuable and respected members of the General Assembly for many years. As chairman of the Senate Ethics Committee and as vice-chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Senate Finance Committee, he has shown true leadership on some of the most important issues that confront our legislature. His commitment to representing his constituents and producing quality legislation is unwavering. Sen. Overbey is an accomplished attorney and an unparalleled legal mind who knows the law backwards and forwards. As U.S. Attorney, I am confident he will enforce the law with much skill and expertise. We will miss his unique perspective and wealth of knowledge in the Senate but I know he will do an outstanding job as U.S. Attorney.”

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander: “I’ve known Doug for a long time – and I know that Tennessee will be well-served by a man of such good character. Doug is a lifelong East Tennessean and has dedicated his life to service — practicing law for more than 37 years in East Tennessee and currently serving in the Tennessee General Assembly. I have no doubt Doug will serve East Tennesseans well, and I hope the Senate will quickly consider his nomination.”

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker: “Doug Overbey is an outstanding choice to serve Tennesseans as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District… I thank President Trump for choosing such a well-qualified individual for this important position and am proud to recommend Doug to my colleagues for confirmation.”

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