President Trump nominates D. Michael Dunavant for U.S. Attorney

WASHINGTON (WVLT) -- President Trump announced his nominations for United States Attorney Monday, including D. Michael Dunavant for the Western District of Tennessee.

Dunavant has served as the District Attorney General for the 25th Judicial District in Tennessee since 2006. During his term in that role, he has handled or been involved in major prosecutions covering a full range of criminal offenses within five counties.

From 1995 until 2006, Dunavant practiced law at the firm of Carney, Wilder & Dunavant. He received his B.A. from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 1992 and his J.D. from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1995.

Local 8 News reached out to District A.G. Dunavant, who said, "I am honored and humbled to be nominated by the President, and I look forward to the senate confirmation process."

Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) released the following statement after the president's nomination announcement: "I could not be more pleased with President Trump's decision to nominate Michael Dunavant to serve Tennesseans as U.S. Attorney for the Western District. Throughout his career, including in his current role as district attorney general, Mike has distinguished himself in the West Tennessee legal community and shown great commitment to promoting public safety and enforcing the law. I congratulate Mike on being nominated for this important position and look forward to meeting with him as he begins the confirmation process."

Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) released the following statement after the president's nomination announcement: "I joined Senator Corker in recommending Mr. Dunavant because he is a well-qualified and dedicated prosecutor who will serve West Tennesseans with integrity. I look forward to introducing him to members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and I hope the Senate will quickly consider his nomination."