David B. Barlow, who was sworn in on Friday as the U.S. Attorney for the District of Utah, said he finds it “profoundly satisfying to wake up each morning and to know my job is to see that justice be done.”
Barlow, 40, was sworn in at Salt Lake City’s federal courthouse by U.S. District Court Judge Ted Stewart as Barlow’s wife, Crystal, and their four children looked on, according to an account in The Salt Lake Tribune.
Barlow had the strong backing of Utah’s two Republican senators, Orrin Hatch and Mike S. Lee. Indeed, Barlow was an aide to Lee, a Tea Party insurgent who replaced Sen. Robert S. Bennett, a Republican who was ousted in the state’s nomination contest in 2010.
Barlow worked as an attorney at the Chicago-based firm Sidley and Austin for 10 years before jumping into politics, according to the Tribune.
“He takes work seriously but doesn’t take himself seriously,” Michael W. Davis, an attorney at Sidley and Austin, told the Tribune. “Our loss is your gain. He will serve the bench … and the people of Utah very well indeed.”
In his swearing in, Barlow used a line from George Sutherland, the only Utah-native to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. In his role as U.S. Attorney, he will “see that guilt shall not escape or innocence suffer,” Barlow told the Tribune.
President Barack Obama disappointed Democrats when he decided to nominate Barlow instead of pushing for someone from his own party, as Main Justice reported recently. In July, Todd Taylor, executive director of the Utah Democratic Party, told the Tribune that Obama seemed to be ignoring the many qualified Democratic attorneys in the state.