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United States Attorney General

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Attorney General of the United States of America
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Jeff Sessions

since February 9, 2017
United States Department of Justice
StyleThe Honorable (formal)
Mister Attorney General (informal)
Member ofCabinet
Reports toThe President
SeatWashington, D.C., United States
AppointerThe President
with Senate confirmation
Term lengthNo fixed term
Constituting instrumentJudiciary Act of 1789
FormationSeptember 26, 1789
First holderEdmund Randolph
DeputyDeputy Attorney General
SalaryExecutive Schedule, level 1

The United States Attorney General (A.G.) is the head of the United States Department of Justice per 28 U.S.C. § 503, concerned with legal affairs, and is the chief law enforcement officer and chief lawyer of the United States government. Also in cases of the federal death penalty, the power to seek the death penalty rests with the Attorney General.

The Attorney General is appointed by the President of the United States and takes office after confirmation by the United States Senate. He or she is subject to summary dismissal by the President and impeachment by Congress. The current Attorney General is Jeff Sessions, who assumed the office on February 9, 2017. The Attorney General is a member of the Cabinet and is seventh in the presidential line of succession.


Congress passed the Judiciary Act of 1789 which, besides other things, established the Office of the Attorney General. The original duties of this officer were "to prosecute and conduct all suits in the Supreme Court in which the United States shall be concerned, and to give his or her advice and opinion upon questions of law when required by the President of the United States, or when requested by the heads of any of the departments."[2]

The Department of Justice was established in 1870 to support the Attorney General in the discharge of their responsibilities.

The Attorney General, the Secretary of State, the Secretary of the Treasury, and the Secretary of Defense are generally regarded as the four most important cabinet officials because of the importance and age of their departments.[3]

Presidential transition

It is the practice for the Attorney General, along with many other public officials, to tender their resignation with effect on the Inauguration Day (20 January) of a new President. The Deputy Attorney General, who is also required to tender their resignation, is commonly requested to stay on and act as Attorney General pending the confirmation by the Senate of the new Attorney General.

For example, on the inauguration of President Donald Trump on January, 20, 2017, the tenure of the then Attorney General Loretta Lynch was brought to an end, and the Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, who had also tendered her resignation, was asked to stay on and be Acting Attorney General until the confirmation of the new Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who had been nominated for the office in November 2016 by then-President-elect Donald Trump. However, Yates was dismissed by Trump on 30 January 2017[4][5] before Sessions had been confirmed. Dana Boente automatically succeeded Yates as Acting Attorney General as the next available successor in the line of succession. Boente, who was the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia,[6] was the most senior Justice Department official whose resignation had not been accepted by Trump.[7][8] When Sessions was confirmed and sworn in as Attorney General on February 9, 2017, Boente became Acting Deputy Attorney General.[9][10] On March 10, 2017, Sessions oversaw the firing of 46 United States Attorneys, leaving only his acting Deputy Dana Boente and nominated Deputy Rod Rosenstein in place.[11] Rosenstein's appointment was subject to Senate confirmation. Rosenstein was confirmed on April 25, 2017 and became Deputy Attorney General on April 26, 2017, and Boente reverted to his permanent position.

As at May 12, 2017, 205 of the 207 senior Justice Department positions subject to presidential appointment were still awaiting nomination and then confirmation.[12] Hearings by the Senate Committee on the Judiciary of four presidential nominees are still to take place. Deputy United States Attorneys, who are career officials, were left in an acting capacity for the Attorneys.[11]

List of Attorneys General


  No party (1)   Federalist (3)   Democratic-Republican (5)   Democratic (34)   Whig (4)   Republican (38)

  Denotes service as acting Attorneys General prior to appointment or after resignation
No.PortraitNameHome stateTook officeLeft officePresident(s)
1EdRand.jpgEdmund RandolphVirginiaSeptember 26, 1789January 26, 1794George Washington
2William Bradford, AG.jpgWilliam BradfordPennsylvaniaJanuary 27, 1794August 23, 1795
3Charles Lee, AG.pngCharles LeeVirginiaDecember 10, 1795February 19, 1801
John Adams
4Levi Lincoln, Sr.jpgLevi Lincoln Sr.MassachusettsMarch 5, 1801March 2, 1805Thomas Jefferson
5John Breckinridge.jpgJohn BreckinridgeKentuckyAugust 7, 1805December 14, 1806
6Rodneycaesara3.jpgCaesar A. RodneyDelawareJanuary 20, 1807December 10, 1811
James Madison
7Williampinkney (1).jpgWilliam PinkneyMarylandDecember 11, 1811February 9, 1814
8Richard Rush engraving.pngRichard RushPennsylvaniaFebruary 10, 1814November 12, 1817
9WilliamWirt.pngWilliam WirtVirginiaNovember 13, 1817March 4, 1829James Monroe
John Quincy Adams
10John Macpherson Berrien.jpgJohn M. BerrienGeorgiaMarch 9, 1829July 19, 1831Andrew Jackson
11Roger Taney.jpgRoger B. TaneyMarylandJuly 20, 1831November 14, 1833
12Benjamin Franklin Butler (1795–1858).jpgBenjamin Franklin ButlerNew YorkNovember 15, 1833July 4, 1838
Martin Van Buren
13Felix Grundy.jpgFelix GrundyTennesseeJuly 5, 1838January 10, 1840
14Henry D. Gilpin, Attorney General of the United States (trimmed).jpgHenry D. GilpinPennsylvaniaJanuary 11, 1840March 4, 1841
15John Jordan Crittenden - Brady 1855.jpgJohn J. CrittendenKentuckyMarch 5, 1841September 12, 1841William Henry Harrison
John Tyler
16Hugh S. Legaré.jpgHugh Swinton LegaréSouth CarolinaSeptember 13, 1841June 30, 1843
17John Nelson, bw photo portrait, Brady-Handy collection, circa 1855-1865.jpgJohn NelsonMarylandJuly 1, 1843March 4, 1845
18JYMason.jpgJohn Y. MasonVirginiaMarch 5, 1845October 16, 1846James K. Polk
19NClifford.jpgNathan CliffordMaineOctober 17, 1846March 17, 1848
20Isaac Toucey - Brady-Handy.jpgIsaac TouceyConnecticutJune 21, 1848March 4, 1849
21Reverdy Johnson.jpgReverdy JohnsonMarylandMarch 8, 1849July 21, 1850Zachary Taylor
22John Jordan Crittenden - Brady 1855.jpgJohn J. CrittendenKentuckyJuly 22, 1850March 4, 1853Millard Fillmore
23Caleb Cushing.jpgCaleb CushingMassachusettsMarch 7, 1853March 4, 1857Franklin Pierce
24JSBlack-AG.jpgJeremiah S. BlackPennsylvaniaMarch 6, 1857December 16, 1860James Buchanan
25Edwin McMasters Stanton Secretary of War.jpgEdwin M. StantonPennsylvaniaDecember 20, 1860March 4, 1861
26Edward Bates - Brady-Handy.jpgEdward BatesMissouriMarch 5, 1861November 24, 1864Abraham Lincoln
27James Speed.jpgJames SpeedKentuckyDecember 2, 1864July 22, 1866
Andrew Johnson
28Stanberry-AttorGen.jpgHenry StanberyOhioJuly 23, 1866July 16, 1868
29William M. Evarts - Brady-Handy.jpgWilliam M. EvartsNew YorkJuly 17, 1868March 4, 1869
30EbenezerRHoar.jpgEbenezer R. HoarMassachusettsMarch 5, 1869November 22, 1870Ulysses S. Grant
31Amos T Akerman - crop and minor retouch.jpgAmos T. AkermanGeorgiaNovember 23, 1870December 13, 1871
32George Henry Williams - Brady-Handy - Restored & Cropped.jpgGeorge Henry WilliamsOregonDecember 14, 1871April 25, 1875
33Edwards Pierrepont, Brady-Handy bw photo portrait, ca1865-1880.jpgEdwards PierrepontNew YorkApril 26, 1875May 21, 1876
34Alphonso Taft seated.jpgAlphonso TaftVermontMay 22, 1876March 4, 1877
35Hon. Charles Devens of Mass. Atty Gen. Hayes Cabinet.pngCharles DevensMassachusettsMarch 12, 1877March 4, 1881Rutherford B. Hayes
36Wayne MacVeagh - Brady-Handy.jpgWayne MacVeaghPennsylvaniaMarch 5, 1881December 15, 1881James A. Garfield
Chester A. Arthur
37BenjaminHBrewster.jpgBenjamin H. BrewsterPennsylvaniaDecember 16, 1881March 4, 1885
38Augustus Hill Garland - Brady-Handy.jpgAugustus H. GarlandArkansasMarch 6, 1885March 4, 1889Grover Cleveland
39WHHMiller.jpgWilliam H. H. MillerIndianaMarch 7, 1889March 4, 1893Benjamin Harrison
40Richard Olney, Bain bw photo portrait, 1913.jpgRichard OlneyMassachusettsMarch 6, 1893April 7, 1895Grover Cleveland
41Jud Harmon.jpgJudson HarmonOhioApril 8, 1895March 4, 1897
42AssoJstcJMcK.jpgJoseph McKennaCaliforniaMarch 5, 1897January 25, 1898William McKinley
43Griggs2.jpgJohn W. GriggsNew JerseyJanuary 25, 1898March 29, 1901
44Philander Knox, bw photo portrait, 1904.jpgPhilander C. KnoxPennsylvaniaApril 5, 1901June 30, 1904
Theodore Roosevelt
45WHMoody.jpgWilliam H. MoodyMassachusettsJuly 1, 1904December 17, 1906
46CJBonaparte.jpgCharles J. BonaparteMarylandDecember 17, 1906March 4, 1909
47GWWickersham.jpgGeorge W. WickershamNew YorkMarch 4, 1909March 4, 1913William Howard Taft
48James C. McReynolds - c1913.jpgJames C. McReynoldsTennesseeMarch 5, 1913August 29, 1914Woodrow Wilson
49WP Thomas Watt Gregory.jpgThomas Watt GregoryTexasAugust 29, 1914March 4, 1919
50Alexander Mitchell Palmer.jpgAlexander Mitchell PalmerPennsylvaniaMarch 5, 1919March 4, 1921
51Harry Daugherty, bw photo portrait 1920.jpgHarry M. DaughertyOhioMarch 4, 1921April 6, 1924Warren G. Harding
Calvin Coolidge
52Chief Justice Harlan Fiske Stone photograph circa 1927-1932.jpgHarlan F. StoneNew YorkApril 7, 1924March 1, 1925
53John Sargent, Bain bw photo portrait.jpgJohn G. SargentVermontMarch 7, 1925March 4, 1929
54William D. Mitchell cph.3b30394.jpgWilliam D. MitchellMinnesotaMarch 4, 1929March 4, 1933Herbert Hoover
55Homer Cummings, Harris & Ewing photo portrait, 1920.jpgHomer Stille CummingsConnecticutMarch 4, 1933January 1, 1939Franklin D. Roosevelt
56Justice Frank Murphy.jpgFrank MurphyMichiganJanuary 2, 1939January 18, 1940
57Roberthjackson.jpgRobert H. JacksonNew YorkJanuary 18, 1940August 25, 1941
58Francis Biddle cph.3b27524.jpgFrancis BiddlePennsylvaniaAugust 26, 1941June 26, 1945
Harry S. Truman
59Tom C. Clark.gifTom C. ClarkTexasJune 27, 1945July 26, 1949
60J. Howard McGrath.jpgJ. Howard McGrathRhode IslandJuly 27, 1949April 3, 1952
61James P McGranery cropped.jpgJames P. McGraneryPennsylvaniaApril 4, 1952January 20, 1953
62Herbert Brownell.jpgHerbert Brownell Jr.New YorkJanuary 21, 1953October 23, 1957Dwight D. Eisenhower
63William P. Rogers, U.S. Secretary of State.jpgWilliam P. RogersMarylandOctober 23, 1957January 20, 1961
64Robert F Kennedy crop.jpgRobert F. KennedyMassachusettsJanuary 20, 1961September 3, 1964John F. Kennedy
Lyndon B. Johnson
65Nicholas Katzenbach at White House, 6 May 1968.jpgNicholas KatzenbachIllinoisSeptember 4, 1964[1]January 28, 1965
January 28, 1965November 28, 1966
66Ramsey Clark at the White House, 28 Feb 1968.jpgRamsey ClarkTexasNovember 28, 1966[1]March 10, 1967
March 10, 1967January 20, 1969
67John Mitchell.jpgJohn N. MitchellNew YorkJanuary 20, 1969February 15, 1972Richard Nixon
68Richard Kleindienst USAG portrait.gifRichard KleindienstArizonaFebruary 15, 1972May 25, 1973
69ElliotLeeRichardson.jpgElliot RichardsonMassachusettsMay 25, 1973October 20, 1973
Robert Bork.jpgRobert Bork[3]
PennsylvaniaOctober 20, 1973January 4, 1974
70William B. Saxbe.jpgWilliam B. SaxbeOhioJanuary 4, 1974January 14, 1975
Gerald Ford
71Edward H. Levi USAG portrait.gifEdward H. LeviIllinoisJanuary 14, 1975January 20, 1977
Dick Thornburgh.jpgDick Thornburgh[2]
PennsylvaniaJanuary 20, 1977January 26, 1977Jimmy Carter
72Bell-gb.pngGriffin BellGeorgiaJanuary 26, 1977August 16, 1979
731Benjamin Civiletti.jpgBenjamin CivilettiMarylandAugust 16, 1979January 19, 1981
74Portrait officiel de William French Smith.jpgWilliam French SmithCaliforniaJanuary 23, 1981February 25, 1985Ronald Reagan
75Edwin Meese publicity shot.jpgEdwin MeeseCaliforniaFebruary 25, 1985August 12, 1988
76Dick Thornburgh.jpgDick ThornburghPennsylvaniaAugust 12, 1988August 15, 1991
George H. W. Bush
77William Barr, official photo as Attorney General.jpgWilliam P. BarrNew YorkAugust 16, 1991[1]November 26, 1991
November 26, 1991January 20, 1993
Stuart M. Gerson[4]
Washington, D.C.January 20, 1993March 12, 1993Bill Clinton
78Janet Reno-us-Portrait.jpgJanet RenoFloridaMarch 12, 1993January 20, 2001
HolderEric.jpgEric Holder[2]
Washington, D.C.January 20, 2001February 2, 2001George W. Bush
79John Ashcroft.jpgJohn AshcroftMissouriFebruary 2, 2001February 3, 2005
80Alberto Gonzales - official DoJ photograph.jpgAlberto GonzalesTexasFebruary 3, 2005September 17, 2007
Paul D. Clement.jpgPaul Clement[5]
Washington, D.C.September 17, 2007September 18, 2007
Peterkeisler.jpgPeter Keisler[5]
Washington, D.C.September 18, 2007November 9, 2007
81Michael Mukasey, official AG photo portrait, 2007.jpgMichael MukaseyNew YorkNovember 9, 2007January 20, 2009
Mark Filip.jpgMark Filip[6]
IllinoisJanuary 20, 2009February 3, 2009Barack Obama
82Eric Holder official portrait (cropped).jpgEric HolderWashington, D.C.February 3, 2009April 27, 2015
83Loretta Lynch, official portrait (cropped).jpgLoretta LynchNew YorkApril 27, 2015January 20, 2017
Sally Q. Yates (cropped).jpgSally Yates
GeorgiaJanuary 20, 2017January 30, 2017Donald Trump
Dana Boente (cropped).jpgDana Boente
VirginiaJanuary 30, 2017February 9, 2017
84Jeff Sessions, official portrait (cropped).jpgJeff SessionsAlabamaFebruary 9, 2017Incumbent

Living former U.S. Attorneys General

As of August 2017, there are eleven, living former US Attorneys General, the oldest being Ramsey Clark (served 1967–1969, born 1927). The most recent Attorney General to die was Janet Reno (served 1993–2001, born 1938) on November 7, 2016.

NameTerm of officeDate of birth (and age)
Ramsey Clark1967–1969(1927-12-18) December 18, 1927 (age 89)
Benjamin Civiletti1979–1981(1935-07-17) July 17, 1935 (age 82)
Edwin Meese1985–1988(1931-12-02) December 2, 1931 (age 85)
Dick Thornburgh1988–1991(1932-07-16) July 16, 1932 (age 85)
William P. Barr1991–1993(1950-05-23) May 23, 1950 (age 67)
John Ashcroft2001–2005(1942-05-09) May 9, 1942 (age 75)
Alberto Gonzales2005–2007(1955-08-04) August 4, 1955 (age 62)
Michael Mukasey2007–2009(1941-07-28) July 28, 1941 (age 76)
Eric Holder2009–2015(1951-01-21) January 21, 1951 (age 66)
Loretta Lynch2015–2017(1959-05-21) May 21, 1959 (age 58)

Line of succession

On February 9, 2017, President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order which modified the line of succession for the Attorney General.[13] Under Executive Order 13762 signed by President Obama on January 13, 2017, before leaving office, the line of succession was:[14]

  1. United States Deputy Attorney General
  2. United States Associate Attorney General
  3. Other Officers potentially designated by the Attorney General (in no particular order):
    1. Solicitor General of the United States
    2. Assistant Attorney General, Antitrust Division
    3. Assistant Attorney General, Civil Division
    4. Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division
    5. Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division
    6. Assistant Attorney General, National Security Division
    7. Assistant Attorney General, Environment and Natural Resources Division
    8. Assistant Attorney General, Justice Management Division
    9. Assistant Attorney General, Tax Division
    10. Assistant Attorney General, Office of Justice Programs
    11. Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Counsel
    12. Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Policy
    13. Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legislative Affairs
  4. United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia
  5. United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina
  6. United States Attorney for the Northern District of Texas[15]

See also


  • 5 On August 27, 2007, President Bush named Solicitor General Paul Clement as the future acting attorney general, to take office upon the resignation of Alberto Gonzales, effective September 17, 2007.[21] According to administration officials, Clement took that office at 12:01 am September 17, 2007, and left office 24 hours later.[22] On September 17, President Bush announced that Assistant Attorney General for the DOJ Civil Division Peter Keisler would become acting attorney general, pending a permanent appointment of a presidential nominee.[23][24] Keisler served as acting attorney general until the nomination of Michael Mukasey on November 9, 2007.
  • 6 Deputy Attorney General Mark Filip was asked to assume the position of acting attorney general by then President-elect Obama.[25] Filip led the Department while President Obama's nominee, then Attorney-General Designate Eric Holder, awaited confirmation by the United States Senate.[26][27] Holder was confirmed on February 2, 2009,[28] and sworn in the next day,[29] thus ending Filip's tenure as the acting attorney general.


  1. ^ "3 U.S. Code § 19 - Vacancy in offices of both President and Vice President; officers eligible to act". 
  2. ^ Judiciary Act of 1789, section 35.
  3. ^ Cabinets and Counselors: The President and the Executive Branch (1997). Congressional Quarterly. p. 87.
  4. ^ Lichtblau, Eric; Apuzzo, Matt; Landler, Mark (January 30, 2017). "Trump Fires Acting Attorney General". The New York Times. 
  5. ^ "Acting Attorney General Sally Yates Refuses to Enforce Trump Refugee EO". Lawfare Blog. January 31, 2017. Retrieved January 31, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Meet the U.S. Attorney: Dana J. Boente". U.S. Department of Justice. Retrieved February 1, 2016.   This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  7. ^ Lichtblau, Eric; Apuzzo, Matt; Landler, Mark (January 30, 2017). "Trump Fires Acting Attorney General". The New York Times. 
  8. ^ "Acting Attorney General Sally Yates Refuses to Enforce Trump Refugee EO". Lawfare Blog. January 31, 2017. Retrieved January 31, 2017. 
  9. ^ Lichtblau, Eric (February 8, 2017). "Jeff Sessions Confirmed as Attorney General, Capping Bitter Battle". The New York Times Company. Retrieved February 9, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Meet the Acting Deputy Attorney General | DAG | Department of Justice". Retrieved 2017-02-28. 
  11. ^ a b Charlie Savage; Maggie Haberman (11 March 2017). "Trump Abruptly Orders 46 Obama-Era Prosecutors to Resign". The New York Times. p. A1. Retrieved 10 May 2017. 
  12. ^ Wall Street Journal, May 12, 2017, The 205 Open Jobs at Justice
  13. ^ "Without fanfare, Trump reverses Obama order on Justice Department succession". USA Today. February 10, 2017. Retrieved February 13, 2017. 
  14. ^ "Providing an Order of Succession Within the Department of Justice". Federal Register. 2017-01-21. Retrieved 2017-01-21. 
  15. ^ "Executive Order 13787, Providing an Order of Succession Within the Department of Justice" (PDF). Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 64 / Presidential Documents. April 5, 2017. 
  16. ^ Cahoon, Ben (2000). "United States Government". World Statesmen. Retrieved 2008-12-12. January 20, 1993 – March 12, 1993 Stuart M. Gerson (acting) (b. 1944) 
  17. ^ a b Staff reporter (1993-02-21). "Stuart Gerson's Parting Shot". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-12-12. As supporters of the Brady gun-control bill prepare to introduce it in Congress yet again this week, they find a welcome, if unlikely, ally in Stuart Gerson, the Acting Attorney General. Because President Clinton has had so many problems finding a new Attorney General, Mr. Gerson remains in office... 
  18. ^ Labaton, Stephen (1993-01-25). "Notes on Justice; Who's in Charge? Bush Holdover Says He Is, but Two Clinton Men Differ". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-12-12. 
  19. ^ a b Scruggs, Richard; Steven Zipperstein; Robert Lyon; Victor Gonzalez; Herbert Cousins; Roderick Beverly (1993-10-08). "Report to the Deputy Attorney General on the Events at Waco, Texas February 28 to April 19, 1993". Department of Justice. Retrieved 2010-01-27. 
  20. ^ a b Ifill, Gwen (1993-03-12). "Reno Confirmed in Top Justice Job". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-12-12. She will replace Acting Attorney General Stuart M. Gerson, a holdover appointee from the Bush Administration. Ms. Reno said he resigned today. 
  21. ^ Meyers, Steven Lee (August 27, 2007). "Embattled Attorney General Resigns". The New York Times. Retrieved 2007-08-27. 
  22. ^ Eggen, Dan; Elizabeth Williamson (September 19, 2007). "Democrats May Tie Confirmation to Gonzales Papers". Washington Post. pp. A10. Retrieved September 19, 2007. 
  23. ^ "President Bush Announces Judge Michael Mukasey as Nominee for Attorney General", White House press release, September 17, 2007
  24. ^ "Bush Text on Attorney General Nomination". The Oklahoman. The Associated Press. September 17, 2007. Retrieved September 18, 2007. 
  25. ^ Staff reporter (2009-01-15). "Obama asks U.S. Attorneys to stay 'for the time being'". CNN Political Ticker. Retrieved 2009-01-21. In addition, Obama's transition team has asked current Deputy Attorney General Mark Filip, also a Bush appointee, to serve as Acting Attorney General replacing outgoing Attorney General Michael Mukasey. )
  26. ^ Staff reporter (2009-01-21). "Bush Appointees Holding Down the Fort While Obama Nominees Await Confirmation". FOX News. Retrieved 2009-02-04. While Holder waits for his confirmation, Bush appointee Mark Filip is acting attorney general. A former U.S. District Court judge in Illinois, the native Chicagoan holds a law degree from Harvard and was a lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School. Holder was supposed to have faced a confirmation vote on Wednesday, but scheduling conflicts necessitated a delay in the Senate. 
  27. ^ "Acting Attorney General Mark Filip." United States Department of Justice. January 20, 2009. (Archived by WebCite at
  28. ^ Staff reporter (2009-02-03). "Obama attorney-general confirmed". BBC News. Retrieved 2009-02-03. President Barack Obama's choice for attorney-general, Eric Holder, has been confirmed in the post by the US Senate. 
  29. ^ Staff (n.d.). "USDOJ: Office of the Attorney General". US Department of Justice. Retrieved 2009-02-03. Alberto Gonzales. was sworn in as the 83rd Attorney General of the United States on March 22, 2013 by Vice-President Joe Biden. President Barack Obama announced his intention to nominate Mr. Gonzales on December 1, 2012. 

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