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|Assistant United States Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources|
December 2001 – April 8, 2005
|President||George W. Bush|
|Preceded by||Lois J. Schiffer|
|Succeeded by||Sue Ellen Wooldridge|
|Born||Thomas Lawrence Sansonetti
May 18, 1949
Hinsdale, Illinois, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Kristi Ann Todd|
|Alma mater||University of Virginia (BA, MBA)
Washington & Lee University School of Law (JD)
After graduation from high school, he earned an M.B.A. from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville and his Juris Doctor from Washington and Lee University School of Law in Lexington, Virginia. In 1989, he became legislative director for newly elected U.S. Representative Craig L. Thomas, and shortly afterwards was chosen to be his chief of staff. In 1991, he became Solicitor of the U.S. Department of the Interior, where he served until 1993. He then joined the Cheyenne law firm of Holland and Hart, where he worked until being appointed Assistant U.S. Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the Justice Department. He is considered to be a strong conservative but has never held elective office.
Sansonetti received the most votes from the GOP central committee to succeed his former mentor, Senator Thomas, who died on June 4, 2007. He advanced as one of the state GOP's three party nominees for senator. Governor Dave Freudenthal appointed State Senator John Barrasso, an orthopedic surgeon from Casper.
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