The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia got a little choked up during his ceremonial swearing-in before almost 200 well-wishers at a federal courthouse today, The Augusta Chronicle reported.
Ed Tarver blinked back tears when he spoke about his former job at the Hull, Towill, Norman, Barrett & Salley law firm in Augusta, Ga., according to the newspaper. He worked there for almost 20 years.
“They have been more than my law partners, they are my family and have helped us a great deal,” Tarver, the first African-American to serve as U.S. Attorney in Georgia’s southern district, said at the ceremony, according to the Chronicle.
Augusta businessman James L. Kendrick said in his remarks at the ceremony that Tarver can be proud of his past work at the Augusta law firm and his U.S. Attorney appointment.
“Ed Tarver, you have earned the right to feel proud, honored, blessed and maybe a little loved,” Kendrick said, according to the newspaper.
Tarver was officially sworn in last month, shortly after his Senate confirmation. He succeeded former U.S. Attorney Edmund A. Booth Jr., who resigned in September.