President Obama notified the Senate of his choice to lead the Justice Department’s Office of Justice Programs, the White House announced tonight.
Laurie O. Robinson was named the Acting Assistant Attorney General/Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General at OJP in January. The White House sent her nomination to the Senate tonight, but Obama announced in May that he intended to tap Robinson for the post.
She previously served as the OJP Assistant Attorney General from 1993 to 2000. During her tenure as President Clinton’s OJP chief, the annual appropriations for the office grew from $800 million in 1993 to more than $4 billion in 2000, according to her biography.
Prior to her time at DOJ, Robinson was the director of the American Bar Association’s section of criminal justice for 14 years.
If confirmed, Robinson would replace Bush OJP head Jeffrey Sedgwick, who resigned in January.