BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) – The Middle District of Louisiana has a new U.S. Attorney. Surrounded by friends and family, Ronald Gathe Jr. was sworn in on Monday by District Judge Brian A. Jackson.

“I’m really looking forward to this part of this chapter of my life and look forward to serving the people of Louisiana,” Gathe said.

Gathe was born and raised in Louisiana where he received his B.S. from Xavier University of Louisiana, New Orleans, and his Juris Doctor from Southern University Law Center, Baton Rouge.

Most recently, Gathe served as the Chief of Trials in the Office of the District Attorney for the 18th Judicial District Court. Before that he worked as an Assistant District Attorney and Section Chief in the Office of the District Attorney for the 19th Judicial District Court for nearly two decades.

Gathe was nominated by President Joseph R. Biden and confirmed by the United States Senate last week.

“I don’t know if the Lord was just looking out for me and helping me guide me into making the right decisions but it obviously put me at a place where the United States President thought that I was worthy of coming in and doing this particular job,” Gathe

He hopes to inspire children in the community and become a role model. He said he is eager to roll up his sleeves and get to work.

“I am hoping that kids in second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth grade will see me and say that I look like them and that they can do this too and that hopefully, I can show them what this job entails so that they want to be a part of this part of the system,” Gathe.