Dana James Boente (born February 7, 1954) is the Acting Attorney General of the United States as of January 30, 2017, and the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.
Boente was born in Carlinville, Illinois in 1954 to James and Doris Boente. Boente received a BS in business administration from Saint Louis University in 1976 and his MBA from there in 1977. He then attended its School of Law, receiving his JD in 1982. He has lived in Northern Virginia for 29 years. In 1982, he began his career as a law clerk for Chief U.S. District Judge J. Waldo Ackerman for the Central District of Illinois. In 1984, he joined the Tax Division’s Criminal Section as part of the Attorney General’s Honors Program. Boente became an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Fraud Unit of EDVA in 2001.
In December 2012, Boente was appointed by Attorney General Eric Holder to serve as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana, a position he held until September 2013. He became the Acting U.S. Attorney for EDVA by virtue of the Vacancy Reform Act on September 23, 2013, and served in that position until December 15, 2015. In this role, he was involved in the sentencing of former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell. He stated that "No one is above the law... not a high public official, not even the highest public official in [Virginia]."
He was nominated by President Barack Obama on October 8, 2015, and confirmed by the United States Senate on December 15, 2015, as the 60th U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia (EDVA) and was appointed by President Donald Trump as Acting Attorney General on January 30, 2017, after Acting Attorney General Sally Yates was dismissed by Trump earlier that evening.