United States Associate Attorney General
|Associate Attorney General of the United States|
Seal of the Department of Justice
|U.S. Department of Justice|
|Reports to||Deputy Attorney General
|Appointer||President of the United States
with the advice and consent of the Senate
|Constituting instrument||Attorney General Order No. 699-77|
|Formation||March 10, 1977|
|First holder||Michael J. Egan|
The Associate Attorney General is the third-ranking official in the United States Department of Justice. The Associate Attorney General advises and assists the Attorney General and the Deputy Attorney General in policies relating to civil justice, federal and local law enforcement, and public safety matters. The Associate Attorney General is appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate. The incumbent Associate Attorney General is Tony West
The Office of the Associate Attorney General oversees the Antitrust Division, the Civil Division, the Environment and Natural Resources Division, the Tax Division, the Office of Justice Programs, the Community Oriented Policing Services, the Community Relations Service, the Office of Dispute Resolution, the Office of Violence Against Women, the Office of Information and Privacy, the Executive Office for United States Trustees, and the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission.
The Office of the Associate Attorney General was created on March 10, 1977 by Attorney General Order No. 699-77. Several recent former Associate Attorneys General include Jay B. Stephens, Acting Associate Attorney General Peter D. Keisler,[dead link] Raymond C. Fisher, Stephen S. Trott, Arnold I. Burns, Rudy Giuliani, Robert McCallum, Jr., Frank Keating, Webster Hubbell and Acting Associate Attorney General William W. Mercer.
On January 5, 2009, President-elect Barack Obama nominated Thomas J. Perrelli as the 18th Associate Attorney General of the United States. He was confirmed by the United States Senate in a 72–20 vote on March 12, 2009. On February 27, 2012 appointment of Tony West as Acting Associate Attorney General was announced. West was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2013.
List of United States Associate Attorneys General
|Name||Years in Office||Appointed By|
|Michael J. Egan||1977–1979||Carter|
|John H. Shenefield||1979–1981||Carter|
|Rudolph W. Giuliani||1981–1983||Reagan|
|D. Lowell Jensen||1983–1985||Reagan|
|Arnold I. Burns||1985–1986||Reagan|
|Stephen S. Trott||1986–1988||Reagan|
|Frank Keating||1988–1990||George H. W. Bush|
|Wayne Budd||1992–1993||George H. W. Bush|
|John R. Schmidt||1994–1997||Clinton|
|Raymond C. Fisher||1997–1999||Clinton|
|Jay B. Stephens||2001–2002||George W. Bush|
|Peter D. Keisler *||2002–2003||George W. Bush|
|Robert McCallum, Jr.||2003–2006||George W. Bush|
|William W. Mercer *||2006–2007||George W. Bush|
|Kevin J. O'Connor||2008–2009||George W. Bush|
|Thomas J. Perrelli||2009–2012||Obama|
|* Acting Associate Attorney General|
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