Anne Milgram

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Anne Milgram
Anne Milgram official DEA photo.jpg
11th Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration
Assumed office
June 28, 2021
PresidentJoe Biden
DeputyPreston Grubbs
Louis J. Milione
Preceded byMichele Leonhart
57th Attorney General of New Jersey
In office
June 29, 2007 – January 18, 2010
GovernorJon Corzine
Chris Christie
Preceded byStuart Rabner
Succeeded byPaula Dow
In office
Acting: August 31, 2006 – September 26, 2006
GovernorJon Corzine
Preceded byZulima Farber
Succeeded byStuart Rabner
Personal details
Born (1970-12-01) December 1, 1970 (age 52)
Perth Amboy, New Jersey, U.S.
EducationRutgers University, New Brunswick (BA)
Trinity Hall, Cambridge (MPhil)
New York University (JD)

Anne Melissa Milgram (born December 1, 1970) is an American attorney and academic serving as the 11th Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) since 2021.

Milgram was previously the 57th Attorney General of New Jersey from 2007 to 2010.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Milgram was born on December 1, 1970, in Perth Amboy, New Jersey.[2] She grew up in East Brunswick, New Jersey,[3] the daughter of Gail (née Gleason) and William "Bill" Milgram.[4][5] Her mother was a professor at Rutgers University, and her father was an engineer.[4] She has one sister Lynn Milgram Mayer who is a college professor.[4]

Milgram served as a congressional page while attending East Brunswick High School.[6] She graduated summa cum laude from Rutgers University, New Brunswick in 1992 with a degree in English and Political Science, where she was also a member of the Cap and Skull Senior Honor Society. She earned her Master of Philosophy in social and political theory from Trinity Hall, Cambridge in 1993 and subsequently received her Juris Doctor from the New York University School of Law in 1996.[7]


Milgram clerked for United States District Court Judge Anne E. Thompson in Trenton, from 1996 to 1997.[7] In 1997, she began her career as an Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney's Office. Milgram later worked in the Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division, United States Department of Justice, where she served as the Special Litigation Counsel for Human Trafficking and led the department's human trafficking prosecutions. Milgram was counsel to Senator Jon Corzine during his final year in the United States Senate.[7]

Attorney General of New Jersey[edit]

Milgram became Acting Attorney General on September 1, 2006, following the resignation of former Attorney General Zulima Farber.[8] From 2007 to 2010, Milgram served as New Jersey's Attorney General.[9]

In 2007, Milgram announced a partnership with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to allow New Jersey to trace the sources of illegal firearms through real-time electronic access to ATF's E-Trace system, a national database that lists a firearm's first purchaser, date of purchase, and the retailer from which the gun was purchased. As Attorney General, Milgram directed all police departments in New Jersey to forward all gun tracing information to E-trace to build a New Jersey database.[10][non-primary source needed]

Other roles[edit]

Arnold Foundation[edit]

From 2011-2015, Milgram was head of the Criminal Justice Initiative at the Laura and John Arnold Foundation. She led the creation, development and national implementation of a new pretrial risk assessment tool to provide judges with more information for when they decide whether to release or jail people who have been arrested.[11][12]

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit[edit]

From 2013 to 2021, Milgram served as one of Wolf Entertainment's legal advisors, consulting on the hit television series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.[13] In this role, she worked with the show's writers, producers, and actors to help portray the courtroom and the country's legal system as accurately as possible.

Lowenstein Sandler[edit]

In July 2017, Milgram joined the law firm of Lowenstein Sandler as special counsel in the Tech Group and White Collar Criminal Defense practice.[14] [15]

Academic career[edit]

Milgram was a Professor of Practice and Distinguished Scholar in Residence at New York University School of Law.[16][when?] In 2020, as part of her work with the Criminal Justice Lab at New York University School of Law, Milgram worked with the city of Indianapolis.[17]

Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration[edit]

On April 22, 2021, President Joe Biden formally nominated Milgram to be Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration[18] On May 26, 2021, a hearing on her nomination was held before the Senate Judiciary Committee.[19] She was confirmed by the US Senate by Unanimous Consent on June 24, 2021, and she was sworn in on June 28 by US Attorney General Merrick B. Garland.

Personal life[edit]

Milgram resides in Washington, D.C., with her husband and son.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "State of New Jersey, Office of the Attorney General". November 9, 2009.
  2. ^ United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary: Questionnaire for Non-Judicial Nominees: Anne Melissa Milgram
  3. ^ "Corzine Nominates New Chief Justice and Attorney General" (Press release). Governor of New Jersey. June 4, 2007. Archived from the original on June 11, 2007. Retrieved June 22, 2007.
  4. ^ a b c Fisher, Robin L. (September 17, 2008). "General Anne Milgram".
  5. ^ White, William L. (2011). "The Evolution of Alcohol and Drug Studies: An Interview with Gail Gleason Milgram, Ed.D.Professor Emerita Center of Alcohol Studies" (PDF). Rutgers University.
  6. ^ Smith, Jessica. "A.G. has come a long way in a short time East Brunswick native shares her goals for law enforcement effort"[permanent dead link], Greater Media, July 26, 2007. Accessed June 25, 2019. "Growing up in East Brunswick, Middlesex County, in a family steeped in public service, Anne Milgram knew early on that she would follow a similar path.... Leaving East Brunswick High School to serve as a congressional page at the U.S. House of Representatives, Milgram had her first taste of government work, and knew it was for her."
  7. ^ a b c Official bio, New Jersey Attorney General. Accessed September 23, 2008.
  8. ^ "Farber resigns as attorney general: Independent report cites ethics violations in boyfriend's traffic stop" Archived March 13, 2007, at the Wayback Machine, North Bergen Reporter, August 20, 2006.
  9. ^ Jones, Richard G. (June 22, 2007). "After One Objection, Senate Confirms Corzine's Choice for Chief Justice". The New York Times. Retrieved June 22, 2007. The Senate voted 36 to 1 to confirm Stuart Rabner, who has been attorney general since September 2006 and was Mr. Corzine's chief counsel before that. It also confirmed Anne Milgram, Mr. Rabner's first assistant, to succeed Mr. Rabner as attorney general.
  10. ^ "State of New Jersey". Retrieved July 28, 2016.
  11. ^ "NYU Law: Faculty and Staff Directory". Retrieved January 31, 2022.
  12. ^ Milgram, Anne (October 2013), Why smart statistics are the key to fighting crime
  13. ^ "Spotlight: Anne Milgram". February 12, 2021.
  14. ^ Kimmerling, Stephen (June 24, 2021). "Former Lowenstein Special Counsel Anne M. Milgram Sworn in as Administrator of the U.S. DEA". Retrieved April 26, 2022.
  15. ^ Scarcella, Mike (May 13, 2021). "Compensation Snapshot: Lowenstein's Anne Milgram, Biden Pick to Lead DEA". Retrieved April 26, 2022.
  16. ^ "Criminal Justice Lab NYU Law". Retrieved April 26, 2022.
  17. ^ Hill, Crystal. "Indianapolis will review how city and police initially responded to protests, Hogsett says". The Indianapolis Star. Retrieved June 22, 2020.
  18. ^ "Nominations Sent to the Senate". April 22, 2021. Retrieved February 2, 2022.
  19. ^ United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary: Nominations for May 26, 2021

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