ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Richard Callahan has been sworn in as U.S. attorney for the eastern district of Missouri.
Chief U.S. District Judge Catherine Perry administered the oath of office to the 62-year-old longtime prosecutor Friday at the federal courthouse in St. Louis.
Callahan was nominated by President Barack Obama in September to serve as the top federal prosecutor in the 50-county district. He succeeds Michael Reap, who served as interim U.S. attorney since last April.
Callahan is a St. Louis native. He served as a Cole County circuit judge since 2002, following 16 years as Cole County's elected prosecutor.
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