President Trump nominated Columbia County Magistrate Judge Bobby Christine as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia on Friday.
Christine, a partner at the law firm of Christine and Evans, LLC, has served as a part-time magistrate court judge since his appointment in 2005. Previously, the Evans resident served for a decade as a prosecutor in the District Attorney’s Office in Augusta,, and as chief of the Columbia County division.
He has also served in the U.S. military, having joined the Army National Guard at age 17 and earned his commission as an officer at age 19. Christine, now a colonel, has been a combat engineer platoon leader and company executive officer, a Judge Advocate General Trial Counsel, Brigade Judge Advocate, and Staff Judge Advocate. He earned numerous medals for his meritorious service in Iraq as a Judge Advocate General and a combat engineer with the 265th Engineer Group.
Christine earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia and his law degree at Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in 1995. Christine and his wife Sheri have two daughters and one son.
“Bobby Christine has served our state and nation in countless ways, and I look forward to his continued service,” U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., said. “I applaud President Trump on another outstanding choice for U.S. attorney.”
The state’s junior U.S. senator, David Perdue, offered similar sentiments after the nomination.
“Bobby Christine is an experienced legal professional and has served our state and nation for years,” said Perdue, also a Republican.
“Once again President Trump made another great nomination. I look forward to working with Bobby through the Senate confirmation for his nomination to a U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia.”
The Southern District of Georgia includes 43 of Georgia’s 159 counties in the southeastern region of the state.
The U.S. Senate must confirm the nomination for it to become official.
Christine would replace Augusta attorney Ed Tarver, who was appointed by President Obama to the job in 2009. Tarver was one of the 46 U.S. atttorneys who were asked to resign by Trump.