It’s official. Attorney General Eric Holder has appointed B. Todd Jones, the top federal prosecutor in Minnesota, to chair the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee of U.S. Attorneys (AGAC).
We first reported Holder’s intent to tap Jones for the post here. Jones, who served as Minnesota’s U.S. attorney from 1998 to 2001 during the Clinton administration, previously served as member, vice chairman, and chairman of the committee. The AGAC is an influential policy-making and advisory body that serves as the voice of the U.S. Attorneys at Main Justice.
Some laudatory quotes from today’s Justice Department news release:
“U.S. Attorney Jones is a dynamic leader who will bring a wealth of expertise to the Committee as we work together to further the Department’s efforts to preserve our nation’s national security, reduce crime, preserve our environment, protect the rights of each and every one of us, and bring fairness back into the marketplace,” Attorney General Holder said.
H. Marshall Jarrett, Director of the Executive Office for United States Attorneys, added that, “Todd Jones is a seasoned prosecutor whose vision and guidance will be invaluable to the Committee in leading this distinguished group of United States Attorneys.
Jones was confirmed on Aug. 7. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School and previously served as a partner at Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi LLP in Minneapolis. Click here for more biographical information on Jones. The U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, Patrick Fitzgerald, had been serving as the interim chairman of the AGAC. Read our story about Fitzgerald here.