Christopher Wray Confirmed as 8th FBI Director

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On August 1, 2017, by a vote of 92-5, the United States Senate confirmed Christopher Wray as the eighth Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Wray will take over from Andrew McCabe, who served for three months in an acting capacity subsequent to the termination of former Director James Comey.

Wray, aged 50, has extensive experience in both the Department of Justice (DOJ) and in private practice. Wray joined the DOJ in 1997 as an Assistant U.S. Attorney. In 2001, he moved to the DOJ in Washington DC. From 2003-2005, Wray served as Assistant Attorney General in Charge of the Criminal Division, a position also requiring Senate confirmation [PDF version].

Since leaving the DOJ in 2005, Wray has worked in private practice, spending more than a decade focusing on corporate litigation at the law firm King & Spaulding.1 Wray also worked recently as counsel for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.2

Wray graduated from Yale Law School in 1992. He clerked for one year for former Judge J. Michael Luttig of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.


  1. Noble, Andrea. “Senate confirms Christopher Wray as FBI director in 92-5 vote.” The Washington Times. Aug. 1, 2017.
  2. Livio, Susan. “Trump picks Christopher Wray, Christie's Bridgegate lawyer, to run FBI.” Jun. 7, 2017.
Christopher Wray Confirmed as 8th FBI Director