Leahy Hails Senate Confirmation Of West To No. 3 Position At DOJ

WASHINGTON (Thursday, July 25, 2013) –The Senate on Thursday, with an overwhelming vote of 98-1, confirmed the nomination of Tony West to serve as associate attorney general at the Department of Justice.  West has served in an acting capacity since last year after previously serving as assistant attorney general for the civil division, a position to which he was confirmed in 2009.  He appeared before the Judiciary Committee for his confirmation hearing in May.  Additional information about West’s nomination can be found online.

Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.),
Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee,
On the Nomination of Derek Anthony West
July 25, 2013

Today the Senate considers President Obama’s nomination of Tony West to be the Associate Attorney General, the number three position at the Justice Department.  He is a superbly qualified veteran of the Department of Justice who has been serving in this position in an acting capacity for over a year.  He had previously been confirmed by the Senate to be the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division.

Before his work in the Justice Department, Mr. West spent eight years in private practice in San Francisco, where he was a partner at a well-respected law firm and specialized in complex commercial litigation.  He also served as a Special Assistant Attorney General in the California Department of Justice, as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California, and as a Special Assistant to two Deputy Attorneys General at the U.S. Department of Justice.  Mr. West earned his B.A. from Harvard, and his J.D. from Stanford University Law School, where he was elected president of the Stanford Law Review.

The Judiciary Committee received dozens of letters in support of Tony West from various individuals and organizations, including the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the National Association of Attorneys General, the National Sheriff’s Association, and Taxpayers Against Fraud.  The National Association of Black Law Enforcement Executives wrote that “Throughout Mr. West’s career, he has proven to be an effective partner to law enforcement.  With this experience, we believe him to be well-qualified to serve as Associate Attorney General and look forward to working with him on a broad range of law enforcement and public safety issues.  It is our hope that the Senate will confirm Mr. West promptly to serve as the Associate Attorney General of the United States.”  This endorsement is typical of the many letters sent in support of Mr. West.  I ask that a list of all 36 letters of support for Mr. West’s nomination be printed in the Record at the conclusion of my statement.

I am confident that Tony West is well-qualified to be Associate Attorney General, and I hope he will be confirmed without further delay.


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