The United States Senate Wednesday night confirmed veteran federal prosecutor Robert E. O'Neill as the new U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Florida.
O'Neill, 53, was nominated by President Barack Obama in June from a list of three finalists and unanimously recommended by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Sept. 23. The Middle District stretches from Jacksonville to Tampa to south of Naples, covering 35 counties.
A native of the Bronx who was educated at Fordham University and New York Law School, O'Neill began as an assistant district attorney in Manhattan and has worked most of his career as a federal prosecutor.
In the Justice Department, he has served as an assistant U.S. attorney in Miami and as deputy chief in charge of litigation for the department's Narcotic and Dangerous Drugs Section. He joined the U.S. Attorney's Office in Tampa in 1993, was the interim U.S. attorney in 2007 and 2008 and currently is the chief of the district's criminal division.
O'Neill, who also is a co-owner of Tampa's Four Green Fields Irish pub, will succeed A. Brian Albritton. Once sworn in, he will serve a four-year term and be paid $155,500 a year.