BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — On Thursday, Trini Ross was confirmed by the United States Senate as the next U.S. Attorney for the Western District of New York.

President Joe Biden announced Ross’ nomination this past July.

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Ross has been an adjunct professor at UB’s School of Law — the place where she earned her juris doctorate in 1992. Additionally, she’s served as the Director of Investigations in the Legal Division of the National Science Foundation’s Office of Inspector General since 2018.

Between 1995 and 2018, Ross was an assistant U.S. attorney for the Western District of New York. From 2012 through 2017, she was the senior litigation counsel and the Chief of the Anti-Fraud and Corruption Section.

Along with this, Ross was an assistant counsel with the Department of Justice’s Office of Professional Responsibility between 2007 and 2009.

Sen. Charles Schumer released a statement on Ross’ confirmation, calling her “a compassionate, brilliant attorney.”

“Trini Ross’s swift confirmation echoes everything that has been said about her since I recommended her earlier this year. She is a compassionate, brilliant attorney and the Western District of New York is in good hands with her at the helm. As I have said many times, Trini is a consummate Western New Yorker whose roots here go all the way back to Hutch Tech. She knows what it means to live in this community as a woman of color, the first ever in this role, and she knows exactly what this community needs from its United States Attorney. I wish her all the best.” 

Sen. Charles Schumer

Sen. Sean Ryan also spoke highly of the new U.S. Attorney.

“Congratulations to Trini Ross, the new United States Attorney for the Western District of New York. In more than 20 years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Trini exhibited impeccable character and an unwavering dedication to the rule of law that made her an excellent choice for this new role. Her professional experience and her Western New York background make her a natural fit for this position. I look forward to seeing her restore integrity to the WNY United States Attorney’s Office as she works every day to defend our Constitution.”

Sen. Sean Ryan

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