Jeffrey A. Rosen

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Jeffrey A. Rosen
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38th United States Deputy Attorney General
Assumed office
May 22, 2019
PresidentDonald Trump
Attorney GeneralWilliam Barr
Preceded byRod Rosenstein
21st United States Deputy Secretary of Transportation
In office
May 18, 2017 – May 21, 2019
PresidentDonald Trump
Preceded byVictor Mendez
Succeeded bySteven G. Bradbury (acting)
General Counsel of the United States Department of Transportation
In office
PresidentGeorge W. Bush
Preceded byKirk Van Tine[1]
Succeeded byDavid Gribbin[2]
Personal details
Jeffrey Adam Rosen

(1958-04-02) April 2, 1958 (age 62)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Kathleen Nichols
EducationNorthwestern University (BA)
Harvard University (JD)

Jeffrey Adam Rosen (born April 2, 1958)[3] is an American lawyer who is the current United States Deputy Attorney General.[4] Prior to assuming his current role, he was a senior partner at the law firm Kirkland & Ellis and was the United States Deputy Secretary of Transportation.[4]


Rosen graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Arts in economics in 1979. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, receiving his Juris Doctor in 1982.


Rosen joined Kirkland & Ellis in 1982. He left the firm in 2003 and began working for the U.S. government.[5] From 2003 to 2006, Rosen was general counsel at the United States Department of Transportation and acted as counsel for Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta.[6] In 2006, Rosen moved to the Office of Management and Budget where he was general counsel and senior policy advisor until 2009.[6] While at the OMB, criticized "regulatory overreach" and opposed EPA plans to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.[6] He also served as a representative of the U.S. government on the board of directors of Amtrak.[4]

Rosen returned to Kirkland & Ellis in 2009.[5] From 2015 to 2016, Rosen chaired the American Bar Association's Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice.[7]

On May 16, 2017, Rosen was confirmed as United States Deputy Secretary of Transportation by a 56–42 vote.[8] There he served under Secretary Elaine Chao.[6]

On February 19, 2019, President Donald Trump announced his intention to nominate Rosen for the position of United States Deputy Attorney General, succeeding Rod Rosenstein upon his departure from the Department of Justice. He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on May 16 by a vote of 52–45.[9] His nomination to become the second-highest law enforcement official was unusual, as Rosen had no previous prosecutorial experience.[6] Attorney General William Barr had urged Trump to choose Rosen as his deputy.[10] Rosen was sworn in on May 22, 2019.[11]

In June 2019, Rosen sent a letter to New York state prosecutors inquiring into the case of Paul Manafort and indicating that he would be monitoring where Manafort would be held in custody. Shortly thereafter, federal prison officials informed New York state prosecutors that Manafort would not be held in Rikers Island. Current and former prosecutors described this decision as unusual, because most individuals held in custody while awaiting federal trial are held in Rikers Island, a prison with a reputation for violence and mismanagement.[12]

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  1. ^ "PN1011 - Nomination of Jeffrey A. Rosen for Department of Transportation, 108th Congress (2003-2004)". December 9, 2003. Archived from the original on February 19, 2019. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
  2. ^ "PN147 - Nomination of David James Gribbin IV for Department of Transportation, 110th Congress (2007-2008)". June 20, 2007. Archived from the original on February 19, 2019. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
  3. ^ "PN102 - Nomination of Jeffrey A. Rosen to be Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation, 115th Congress (2017-2018)". March 29, 2017. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
  4. ^ a b c "Jeffrey A. Rosen, former general counsel at DOT, chosen by Trump for deputy secretary of agency". The Trucker. March 8, 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Rosen, P.C., Jeffrey A." Kirkland & Ellis. Retrieved March 18, 2017.
  6. ^ a b c d e "Who is Jeffrey Rosen? Three things to know about President Trump's deputy attorney general pick". USA TODAY. Retrieved June 20, 2019.
  7. ^ Ambrogi, Robert (July 25, 2016). "This Week In Legal Tech: Showdown At The ABA Over Free Law And Free Sex". Above the Law.
  8. ^ "Senate confirmation vote PN102". May 16, 2017. Retrieved May 17, 2017.
  9. ^ "Senate confirmation vote PN526". May 16, 2019. Retrieved June 15, 2019.
  10. ^ "U.S. Senate confirms Jeffrey Rosen as No. 2 Justice Department..." Reuters. May 17, 2019. Retrieved June 20, 2019.
  11. ^ Axelrod, Tal (May 22, 2019). "Jeffrey Rosen officially sworn in as deputy attorney general". The Hill. Retrieved May 22, 2019.
  12. ^ Rashbaum, William K.; Benner, Katie (June 17, 2019). "Paul Manafort Seemed Headed to Rikers. Then the Justice Department Intervened". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved June 20, 2019.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Victor Mendez
United States Deputy Secretary of Transportation
Legal offices
Preceded by
Rod Rosenstein
United States Deputy Attorney General