WESTPORT, Conn. -- James B. Comey, a Westport, Conn. resident and Yonkers, N.Y. native, was sworn in as the seventh director of the FBI in the agency's modern era on Wednesday.
Comey, 52, a Republican, served as deputy attorney general from December 2003 through August 2005 under President George W. Bush. He was U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York before that.
He will replace Robert Mueller, who is stepping down after 12 years as director.
“I know Jim brings an impeccable sense of judgment, a commitment to innovative methods and tools, and a lifetime of experience to this new role—which is critical to the protection of our nation and its citizens,” Attorney General Eric Holder, who administered Comey's oath, said in a statement.
“As a seasoned prosecutor, a proven leader, and a faithful advocate for the American people—and for the rule of law—I am confident that Jim Comey will continue to uphold the standards of excellence and integrity that the FBI’s outgoing Director, Bob Mueller, helped to establish,” Holder added.
President Barack Obama nominated Comey for the position in June. The Senate confirmed his nomination with a vote of 93-1 in late July.
From 2005 to 2010, he worked as general counsel at Lockheed Martin Corp.
In 2010, Comey became general counsel of the Westport-based hedge fund Bridgewater Associates. Earlier this year, he left Bridgewater to become senior research scholar and Hertog Fellow on National Security at Columbia University Law School in New York.