United States Deputy Attorney General

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Deputy Attorney General of the United States of America
Seal of the United States Department of Justice.svg
Rod Rosenstein official portrait.jpg
Incumbent
Rod Rosenstein

since April 26, 2017
U.S. Department of Justice
Reports to United States Attorney General
Appointer President of the United States
with advice and consent of the Senate
Formation May 24, 1950
First holder Peyton Ford
Salary Executive Schedule, Level II
Website www.justice.gov/dag

The United States Deputy Attorney General is the second-highest-ranking official in the United States Department of Justice and oversees the day-to-day operation of the Department. The Deputy Attorney General acts as Attorney General during the absence of the Attorney General.

The Deputy Attorney General is a political appointee of the President of the United States and takes office after confirmation by the United States Senate. The position was created in 1950.[1] Since April 26, 2017, Rod Rosenstein has been Deputy Attorney General.

2007 turnover

On May 14, 2007 Paul McNulty, then Deputy Attorney General, announced his resignation in a letter to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.[2] At the time, McNulty was considered "the highest-ranking Bush administration casualty in the furor over the firing of U.S. attorneys." [3] Later, Gonzales himself would resign.

On July 18, 2007 President Bush announced his appointment of Craig S. Morford as acting Deputy Attorney General. Morford had been serving as the U.S. attorney in Nashville, Tennessee, and was known for his successful prosecution of former Ohio Representative James Traficant on bribery charges.[4]

List of United States Deputy Attorneys General

# Image Name Term Began Term Ended President(s) served under
1 Peyton Ford 1950 1951[5] Harry S. Truman
2 A. Devitt Vanech 1951 1952
3 Ross L. Malone 1952 January 20, 1953
4 William P. Rogers, U.S. Secretary of State.jpg William P. Rogers January 20, 1953 October 23, 1957 Dwight D. Eisenhower
5 Lawrence Walsh at the Oval Office in 1960.jpg Lawrence Walsh December 29, 1957 1960
6 White and R. Kennedy 1961.jpg Byron White January 20, 1961 April 16, 1962 John F. Kennedy
7 Nicholas Katzenbach at White House, 6 May 1968.jpg Nicholas Katzenbach April 16, 1962 January 28, 1965
Lyndon B. Johnson
8 Ramsey Clark at the White House, 28 Feb 1968.jpg Ramsey Clark January 28, 1965 March 10, 1967
9 Warren Christopher.jpg Warren Christopher March 10, 1967 January 20, 1969
10 Richard Kleindienst January 20, 1969 June 12, 1972 Richard Nixon
11 Ralph E. Erickson 1972 1973
12 Joseph Sneed 1973 1973
13 William Ruckelshaus.jpg William Ruckelshaus July 9, 1973 October 20, 1973
14 Laurence Silberman 1974 1975 Gerald Ford
15 Harold R. Tyler, Jr. April 6, 1975 January 20, 1977
16 Peter F. Flaherty April 12, 1977 1978 Jimmy Carter
17 Benjamin Civiletti (1979).jpg Benjamin Civiletti 1978 August 16, 1979
18 Charles Byron Renfrew 1980 1981
19 Edward C. Schmults 1981 1984 Ronald Reagan
20 Carol E. Dinkins 1984 1985
21 D Lowell Jensen Senior District Judge.jpg D. Lowell Jensen 1985 1986
22 Arnold Burns 1986 1988
23 Harold G. Christensen 1988 1989
24 Donald B. Ayer 1989 May 1990 George H. W. Bush
25 William Barr, official photo as Attorney General.jpg William P. Barr May 1990 November 26, 1991
26 George Terwilliger November 26, 1991 January 20, 1993
27 Phil Heymann.jpg Philip Heymann May 28, 1993 March 17, 1994 Bill Clinton
28 GorelickJamie.jpg Jamie Gorelick March 17, 1994 May 1997
29 HolderEric.jpg Eric Holder June 13, 1997 January 20, 2001
Acting Director Robert S. Mueller- III.jpg Robert Mueller January 20, 2001 May 10, 2001 George W. Bush
30 Larry Thompson from White House.jpg Larry Thompson May 10, 2001 August 31, 2003
31 Jcomey-100.jpg James Comey December 9, 2003 August 15, 2005
Acting Robert D. McCallum, Jr.jpg Robert McCallum, Jr. August 15, 2005 March 17, 2006
32 McNulty.jpeg Paul McNulty March 17, 2006 July 26, 2007
Acting MorfordCraig.jpg Craig S. Morford July 26, 2007 March 10, 2008
33 Mark Filip.jpg Mark Filip March 10, 2008 January 20, 2009
34 David Ogden official portrait.jpg David W. Ogden March 12, 2009 February 5, 2010 Barack Obama
Acting Gary Grindler February 5, 2010 December 29, 2010
35 James M Cole.jpg James M. Cole December 29, 2010 January 8, 2015
36 Sally Q. Yates (cropped).jpg Sally Yates January 10, 2015 January 30, 2017
Donald Trump
Acting
Dana Boente (cropped).jpg
Dana Boente February 9, 2017 April 25, 2017
37 Rod Rosenstein headshot.jpg Rod J. Rosenstein April 26, 2017 present

Notes

  1. ^ "DOJ: JMD: MPS: Functions Manual: Attorney General". Retrieved 2009-01-25. 
  2. ^ "Paul McNulty's Resignation Letter" (PDF). Washington Post. May 14, 2007. Retrieved 2009-01-25. 
  3. ^ Lara Jakes Jordan, The Associated Press (May 14, 2007). "McNulty, Justice Dept. No. 2, Resigning". The San Francisco Chronicle. Archived from the original on May 31, 2007. Retrieved 2009-01-25. 
  4. ^ Lara Jakes Jordan, The Associated Press (July 20, 2007). "Bush Picks Justice No. 2". Fox News. Retrieved 2009-01-25. 
  5. ^ "The President's Day". Harry S. Truman Library and Museum. August 3, 1951. Retrieved February 23, 2016. 

External links

  • Official website


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