Daniel Bogden

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Daniel G. Bogden
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United States Attorney for the District of Nevada
Assumed office
September 15, 2009
Appointed by Barack Obama
In office
Appointed by George W. Bush
Personal details
Born 1950 (age 65–66)
Alma mater Ashland University (B.S.)
University of Toledo College of Law (J.D.)

Daniel G. Bogden (born 1950) is best known for serving as United States Attorney for the District of Nevada, and being part of the dismissal of U.S. attorneys controversy.

He was nominated for the position on September 4, 2001, and unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate on October 23, 2001. He was dismissed by the Bush administration in December 2006.[1] He was renominated to take the position on July 31, 2009, by the Obama administration.[2]


Bogden holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio, and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Toledo College of Law.


Bogden has worked for the United States Air Force Judge Advocate General's Office and the Washoe County District Attorney's Office. In 1990, he joined the United States Attorney’s Office in Reno, Nevada. In 1998, Bogden became Chief of the Reno Division of the United States Attorney's Office. At the time of his renomination for the U.S. Attorney position in 2009, he was a partner in the Nevada law firm of McDonald Carano Wilson LLP.[3]

Dismissal of U.S. attorneys controversy[edit]

Dismissal of U.S. attorneys controversy
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G. W. Bush administration officials involved
Involved administration officials who resigned
U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary
110th Congress
U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary
110th Congress

Bogden was one of eight attorneys dismissed as part of the dismissal of U.S. attorneys controversy. When Bogden was fired, Senator John Ensign, who had originally nominated him, was decidedly unhappy, particularly after hearing explanations by the Justice Department of the reasons. Ensign commented: "What the Justice Department testified yesterday is inconsistent with what they told me. I can't even tell you how upset I am at the Justice Department."[4] A week later, Ensign said "I'm calling on the President of the United States and the attorney general to restore Dan Bogden's reputation....Everyone in Nevada thought Dan had done a superb job....I believe a very good man was wronged and a process was flawed."[5] Paul McNulty, a senior DOJ official noted, in an email two days before the dismissals, "I'm still a little skittish about Bogden. He has been with DOJ since 1990 and, at age 50, has never had a job outside of government."[6] McNulty's "skittishness" was reportedly due to concern that Bogden would be unable to find employment and care for his family; this was assuaged in a 90-second meeting with Monica Goodling, where he was informed that Bogden was not married; this ended his concern, and the firing proceeded as planned.[7]


  1. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/14/washington/14justice.html ‘Loyalty’ to Bush and Gonzales Was Factor in Prosecutors’ Firings, E-Mail Shows
  2. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/01/us/politics/01attorney.html Familiar Face Reappears for Key Role in Nevada
  3. ^ Wilson, Scott (August 1, 2009). "Obama Nominates Fired U.S. Attorney". The Washington Post. 
  4. ^ Steve Tetrealt (2007-03-08). "Ensign voices ire at agency: Explanations for dismissal of U.S. attorney differ". Las Vegas Review-Journal. 
  5. ^ Erica Werner (2007-03-13). "Ensign blisters DOJ over Bogden firing, doesn't seek resignations". Associated Press. 
  6. ^ 3-19-2007 DOJ-Released Documents 2-1 page 23
  7. ^ Steve Tetrealt (2007-04-18). "U.S. ATTORNEY FIRINGS: 90 seconds called key". Las Vegas Review-Journal.