United States Associate Attorney General

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Associate Attorney General of the United States
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Tony West

since March 9, 2012
U.S. Department of Justice
Reports to Deputy Attorney General
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
Website www.justice.gov/asg/

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.[1][2] The Associate Attorney General is appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate.[3] 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.[2]

The Office of the Associate Attorney General was created on March 10, 1977 by Attorney General Order No. 699-77.[1] Several recent former Associate Attorneys General include Jay B. Stephens,[4] Acting Associate Attorney General Peter D. Keisler,[dead link][5] Raymond C. Fisher,[6] Stephen S. Trott,[7] Arnold I. Burns,[8] Rudy Giuliani,[9] Robert McCallum, Jr.,[10] Frank Keating,[11] Webster Hubbell and Acting Associate Attorney General William W. Mercer.[12]

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.[13][14] On February 27, 2012 appointment of Tony West as Acting Associate Attorney General was announced.[15] West was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2013.

List of United States Associate Attorneys General[edit]

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
vacant 1990–1992
Wayne Budd 1992–1993 George H. W. Bush
Webster Hubbell 1993–1994 Clinton
John R. Schmidt 1994–1997 Clinton
Raymond C. Fisher 1997–1999 Clinton
Daniel Marcus 1999–2001 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
Tony West 2012–present Obama
* Acting Associate Attorney General


  1. ^ a b "DOJ: JMD: MPS: Functions Manual: Attorney General". Retrieved September 22, 2007. 
  2. ^ a b "USDOJ: Office of the Associate Attorney General". Retrieved September 22, 2007. 
  3. ^ "US CODE: Title 28,504a. Associate Attorney General". Retrieved September 22, 2007. 
  4. ^ "USDOJ: ODR: CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution (1/29/99)". Retrieved September 22, 2007. 
  5. ^ "ASSOCIATE ATTORNEY GENERAL JAY B. STEPHENS TO STEP DOWN". US Department of Justice. 2002. Retrieved September 22, 2007. 
  6. ^ "Senate Confirms Local Lawyer to Justice Post (LA Times 11/14/1997)". Los Angeles Times. November 14, 1997. Retrieved August 12, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Judges of the United States Courts". Retrieved September 22, 2007. 
  8. ^ "Nomination of Stephen S. Trott To Be Associate Attorney General". Retrieved September 22, 2007. 
  9. ^ "Biography of Rudolph Giuliani". Retrieved September 22, 2007. 
  10. ^ "USDOJ: Office of the Associate Attorney General". Archived from the original on January 12, 2006. Retrieved January 12, 2006. 
  11. ^ "Frank Keating 2008 Presidential Campaign". Retrieved September 22, 2007. 
  12. ^ "USDOJ: Office of the Associate Attorney General". Archived from the original on February 10, 2007. Retrieved February 10, 2007. 
  13. ^ Eric Lichtblau (January 5, 2009). "Obama Fills Top Justice Department Spots". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-01-05. 
  14. ^ http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=111&session=1&vote=00098
  15. ^ http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2012/February/12-ag-255.html

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