David Weiss was named Friday as President Donald Trump’s choice to serve as U.S. attorney for the District of Delaware on a permanent basis.
Weiss, who has served during administrations of both parties, has been serving in an acting capacity since March, and has long been seen as the likely nominee to replace Charles M. Oberly III, who was abruptly fired by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions earlier this year along with 45 other holdover U.S. attorneys from the Obama administration years.
If confirmed Weiss would move to permanent status as top federal prosecutor in the district. His current stint as acting U.S. attorney is his second. Weiss previously served as acting U.S. attorney for two years before the U.S. Senate confirmed Oberly in 2010. It was not immediately clear when the U.S. Senate might act to confirm the nomination.
Weiss served as an assistant U.S. attorney from 1986 to 1989, primarily prosecuting violent crimes and white-collar offenses. In 2007, he was promoted to first assistant U.S. attorney, where he remained until Oberly’s resignation in March.
A graduate of Widener University School of Law, Weiss is a former partner at Duane Morris, where he practiced in the firm’s commercial litigation department. In 1999, Weiss joined financial services firm The Siegfried Group, where he served as chief operating officer and senior vice president.
He has also clerked for former Delaware Supreme Court Justice Andrew D. Christie.