Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) on Wednesday announced his recommendations for Oregon’s U.S. Attorney. Read the news release here.
The finalists are Josh Marquis, Amanda Marshall and Kent Robinson.
Marquis has served as the district attorney for Clatsop County since 1994. He previously was the chief deputy district attorney for Deschutes and Lincoln counties. Marquis also worked as a deputy district attorney for Lincoln and Lane counties.
Marshall is a child advocacy lawyer for the Oregon Department of Justice. She has a Facebook page promoting her candidacy here.
Robinson is the district’s acting U.S. Attorney. From 2007 until earlier this year, he was the district’s First Assistant U.S. Attorney. From 2001 through 2007, he served as the chief of the criminal division in the district.
The omission of Oregon Assistant U.S. Attorney Dwight Holton from the list came as a surprise, according to Willamette Week in Portland.
The newspaper said:
Going into the weekend, many insiders speculated that Dwight Holton, an assistant U.S. Attorney was likely to be one of three finalists. The son of a former Virginia governor and the brother-in-law of current Virginia governor and Democratic National Committee boss Tim Kaine, Holton is connected, as well as being a well-regarded prosecutor.
Wyden appointed a 13-member selection committee to make recommendations for the senators to consider. The panel also considered Clackamas County District Attorney John Foote and Benton County District Attorney John Haroldson, but their names also weren’t on the final list sent to the White House. President Barack Obama ultimately will select and nominate the U.S. Attorney.
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Former Oregon U.S. Attorney Karin Immergut, a Bush appointee, is the latest Multnomah County circuit judge, the Oregon Statesman Journal reported Sunday.
Immergut was appointed by President Bush in 2003. She resigned July 9. Kent Robinson is serving as Oregon’s acting U.S. Attorney.
Robinson is one of six candidates in the running to fill Immergut’s seat, in a list drawn up by Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, both Democrats. The list also includes:
- Clatsop County District Attorney Josh Marquis
- Clackamas County District Attorney John Foote
- Benton County District Attorney John Haroldson
- Amanda Marshall, a child advocacy lawyer for the Oregon Department of Justice.
- Assistant U.S. Attorney Dwight Holton, who was previously recommended for the U.S. Attorney post for the Eastern District of Virginia by Democratic Sens. Jim Webb and Mark Warner of Virginia President Obama nominated Associate Deputy Attorney General Neil MacBride for the post.
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Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) recently announced that a selection committee has selected six candidates to interview to become Oregon’s next U.S. Attorney. The interviews will take place Oct. 24-25, after which the committee will recommend three finalists for Wyden to forward to President Obama. The last Senate-confirmed person in the position was Bush-appointee Karin J. Immergut, who resigned in July to accept an appointment as a state judge.
The six people who will be interviewed are
- John Foote, the district attorney for Clackamas County
- John Haroldson, the district attorney for Benton County
- Dwight Holton, an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the district
- Joshua Marquis, the district attorney for Clatsop County
- Amanda Marshall, Oregon Department of Justice child advocacy section lawyer
- Kent Robinson, the acting U.S. Attorney for the district
Others who previously were said to be under consideration included Rob Bovett (Lincoln County district attorney), Ken Perry (Portland lawyer), Robert Hutchings (Lane County public defender) and John Hummel (Portland lawyer and professor at a university in Liberia).
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Ten people have submitted applications for Oregon U.S. Attorney, Willamette Week in Portland, Ore., reported today.
Local lawyers told the newspaper the candidates are:
-Kent Robinson, Oregon acting U.S. Attorney.
-Dwight Holton, Oregon Assistant U.S. Attorney and brother-in-law of Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine (D). Democratic Virginia Sens. Jim Webb and Mark Warner previously recommended him for Eastern District of Virginia U.S. Attorney. President Obama ended up nominating Associate Deputy Attorney General Neil MacBride for the post.
-Josh Marquis, Clatsop County district attorney.
-John Foote, Clackamas County district attorney.
-Rob Bovett, Lincoln County district attorney.
-John Haroldson, Benton County district attorney.
-Amanda Marshall, Oregon Department of Justice child advocacy section lawyer. She has a Facebook page promoting her candidacy here.
-Ken Perry, Portland lawyer.
-Robert Hutchings, Lane County public defender.
-John Hummel, Portland lawyer and professor at a university in Liberia.
-Josh Kardon, chief of staff to Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), told Willamette Week the U.S. Attorney selection panel will meet in September to pare down its applicant list and will interview candidates in October.
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