CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Peter E. Deegan Jr. has been sworn in as the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Iowa.

Deegan was nominated by President Donald Trump in July and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate last week. He took the oath of office Thursday in Cedar Rapids.

Deegan was previously an assistant U.S. attorney and the chief of the northern district's criminal division.

He now oversees a staff of 46 employees, including 25 attorneys and 21 non-attorney support personnel. The office is responsible for prosecuting federal crimes in the district and also defends the U.S. in civil cases and collects debts owed to the United States.