President taps Rivera as U.S. attorney

Veteran legal pro has overseen Middle District of Tennessee in acting role

The president found his man — and it was the man who was already there.

President Barack Obama sent the name of David Rivera — since April 2013, the acting U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee — to the Senate Thursday, formally nominating him to the permanent post. With Senate confirmation, Rivera will drop "acting" off the front end of the title.

Prior to his stint as the acting U.S. attorney, Rivera was an assistant U.S. attorney in the district since 2004.

From 1999 to 2004, he worked in the U.S Attorney’s Office in the District of Puerto Rico. He was an assistant state attorney in Broward County, Fla., from 1994 to 1999 and an assistant district attorney in Bronx County, N.Y., from 1988 to 1993.

Rivera received his J.D. in 1988 from Pace University School of Law and his B.S. in 1982 from Oral Roberts University. He also served in the United States Air Force and the United States Air National Guard.

Rivera had been seen as the front-runner by courthouse and Democratic Party insiders for some time.