The U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed Halsey Frank on Wednesday as U.S. attorney for the district of Maine.

Frank, of Portland, has been assistant U.S. attorney for Maine for 17 years, according to U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, who recommended Frank for the post. In a written statement, she called Frank an “intelligent, highly competent, experienced law enforcement professional.”

“With 30 years of experience working for the U.S. Department of Justice in both Washington, D.C. and Maine, he is extraordinarily well qualified to assume this crucial position,” said Collins.

Frank replaces Thomas E. Delahanty II, who was forced to resign in March, along with 45 other Obama-era U.S. attorneys, by the administration of President Donald Trump. Frank’s nomination by Trump was announced in July.

Collins said Frank, who is a graduate of Boston University School of Law and Wesleyan University, was among dozens of applicants who were considered for vacancies in Maine that must be confirmed by the Senate.

Richard W. Murphy has served as acting U.S. attorney for Maine since Delahanty’s departure.

Christopher Cousins

Christopher Cousins has worked as a journalist in Maine for more than 15 years and covered state government for numerous media organizations before joining the Bangor Daily News in 2009.