Stuart M. Gerson

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Stuart M. Gerson
Attorney General of the United States
Acting
In office
January 20, 1993 – March 12, 1993
President Bill Clinton
Preceded by William P. Barr
Succeeded by Janet Reno
Personal details
Born 1944
Profession Attorney

Stuart M. Gerson (born 1944[1]) was the acting Attorney General (AG) during the Clinton Administration,[2][3] serving in the early months of 1993.

Gerson was a debate coach for President George H. W. Bush during the 1988 campaign[3][4] and went on to serve on President-elect Bush's transition team.[3] Gerson was part of the Bush Administration's National Health Policy Working Group, serving as head of its Medical Malpractice Reform Working Group.[3] At the Department of Justice (DOJ), he was the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division.[2][3]

Gerson was Acting Attorney General from January 20, 1993, to March 12, 1993.[1] He was in the position for two reasons: first, President Clinton's problems in finding an Attorney General during that period,[5] and second, being fourth in the line of succession at the Justice Department (other senior DOJ officials had already resigned).[4] During his time as Acting AG, Gerson supported the Brady bill[5] and was in office during the beginnings of the Waco siege.[6] Janet Reno, President Clinton's nominee for Attorney General, was confirmed on March 12,[7] and he resigned the same day.[7] Acting Attorney General Gerson's last day at the Justice Department was March 19.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Cahoon, Ben (2000). "United States Government". World Statesmen. Retrieved 2008-12-12. "20 January 1993 - 12 March 1993 Stuart M. Gerson (acting) (b. 1944)" 
  2. ^ a b Gerson, Stuart M. (2007-03-14). "Inside the Justice Department and the U.S. Attorneys Controversy". The Washington Post Company. Retrieved 2008-12-12. "That is correct. I had been the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division during Bush I, and was Acting Attorney General at the beginning of the Clinton administration." 
  3. ^ a b c d e Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. (n.d.). "Stuart M. Gerson Member of the Firm". Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. Retrieved 2008-12-12. 
  4. ^ a b 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. 
  5. ^ 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..." 
  6. ^ 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. 
  7. ^ 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."