Attorney General Eric Holder traveled to Jackson, Miss., Thursday to celebrate the new U.S. Attorney there, Gregory K. Davis.
“Greg has demonstrated the power of civic engagement. He’s built a reputation as a passionate and highly-skilled legal professional, dedicated not really to winning cases, but ultimately to doing justice,” Holder said, according to a report by the Associated Press. “And he’s established a record of experience that sets him apart from his peers.”
The nation’s top law enforcement officer has made it a habit of traveling to attend the official swearing-in ceremonies for the U.S. Attorneys across the country.
Davis was nominated by President Barack Obama in June 2011 and he was confirmed by the Senate in March. The office had long been without a permanent chief, after previous U.S. Attorney Dunn Lampton left office in 2009. Davis is the first black U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi.
Davis, of Utica, Miss., previously worked as a founding partner at Davis, Goss & Williams PLLC. He is a graduate of Mississippi State University and Tulane Law School.
“We fight for justice to improve the quality of life of all citizens. As citizens we have a right to be free from fear in our homes, on our streets and in our communities. Effective law enforcement against violent crime, drug trafficking, financial fraud, corruption and threats to our country provides public safety and peace in our communities,” Davis said, according to the AP. “However, the enforcement of our laws does not require a compromise of constitutional rights or of civil liberties. In addition to fighting crime, our office will promote civil rights protect the environment and protect the most vulnerable — our children and our elderly.”