Portuguese American Journal

Appointed: Zachary Cunha next US Attorney for Rhode Island – Washington, DC

Zachary Cunha has been appointed as the next U.S. Attorney for Rhode Island. The appointment was approved by the United States Senate Tuesday night.

Cunha is currently the chief of the Civil Division in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Rhode Island. He joined the office in 2014.

He will be replacing Aaron Weisman, who was appointed by former President Donald Trump and resigned in February. Appointments for U.S. attorney require Senate confirmation.

In September, Rhode Island’s Democratic Sens. Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse recommended Cunha to President Joe Biden to be named the next U.S. attorney for the state, calling him an experienced prosecutor with an exemplary record of service.

“We are pleased that the full U.S. Senate has confirmed Zachary Cunha to be Rhode Island’s U.S. Attorney,” said Senators Reed and Whitehouse in a joint statement.  “Mr. Cunha already has an exemplary record of service in the U.S. Attorney’s office.  He steps into this new, elevated role ready to serve and protect the people of Rhode Island with integrity and distinction.”

Zachary A. Cunha is an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Rhode Island, where he currently serves as Chief of the Civil Division. He joined the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Rhode Island in 2014. Mr. Cunha served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of New York from 2005 to 2008 and the District of Massachusetts from 2008 to 2013. Mr. Cunha previously served as an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of New York from 2001 to 2005.

He received a J.D. from the George Washington University Law School with honors and his A.B. from Brown University.

Zachary Cunha is a grandson of Portuguese immigrants from Beira Alta, Portugal.


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