The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the nomination for a Maryville man to serve as the next United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee.

Tennessee state Sen. Doug Overbey's nomination was approved Thursday.

President Donald Trump nominated Overbey, of Maryville, in July. Overbey, a Republican, is a three-term state senator and chair of the state ethics committee.

Overbey is a senior partner and co-founder of the Robertson Overbey law firm in Knoxville. He received a bachelor's degree from Carson-Newman College in 1976, and received a law degree from the University of Tennessee in 1979.

"Just know that I will endeavor to do my very best to show that the president's confidence in me has not been misplaced," Overbey told 10News in July.

He represents Blount and Sevier counties in the Tennessee General Assembly.

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander released the following statement after the announcement Thursday:

“I’ve known Doug for a long time – and I know that Tennessee will be well-served by a man of such good character. Doug is a lifelong East Tennessean and has dedicated his life to service -- practicing law for more than 37 years in East Tennessee and currently serving in the Tennessee General Assembly. I am glad the Senate Judiciary Committee approved his nomination today, and I look forward to his confirmation.”