PENSACOLA — Larry Keefe of Shalimar took the oath of office Wednesday from Chief District Judge Mark E. Walker to become the 41st U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.

Keefe was nominated by President Donald Trump on Aug. 16, 2018, and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Jan. 2. Keefe succeeds Christopher P. Canova, who has served as U.S. Attorney for the district since Sept. 4, 2015, when U.S. Attorney Pamela Cothran Marsh resigned.

“It is a privilege to serve as the United States Attorney, and I am deeply grateful to President Trump, Sen. Rubio, Sen. Nelson, and to all those who supported my nomination and confirmation," Keefe said in a news release.

"I look forward to working with the dedicated public servants in the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the brave women and men of our local, state and federal law enforcement partners in the pursuit of justice for the people of North Florida and the nation," Keefe said. "I took an oath today to uphold the Constitution of the United States, and I will do that with every bit of energy, intelligence, and commitment that I can muster.”

As U.S. Attorney, Mr. Keefe is the top-ranking federal law enforcement official in the Northern District of Florida, which stretches from Escambia County in the west to Alachua County in the east. The district has offices in Pensacola, Panama City, Tallahassee and Gainesville.