Obama Nominates W.Va., Wis. U.S. Attorneys
By Leah Nylen | May 27, 2022 7:34 pm

President Barack Obama nominated two more U.S. Attorneys Thursday night.

William Ihlenfeld II is nominated to be U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia. Ihlenfeld is a partner with Ihlenfeld Law Office, PLLC in Wheeling, W.Va. Since 2007, he has served as the assistant prosecuting attorney for Brooke County, W.Va., in the northern panhandle region of the state. From 1997 to 2007, he was an assistant prosecuting attorney and the chief assistant prosecutor for Ohio County, which is also located in the northern panhandle and includes Wheeling. If confirmed, Ihlenfeld will replace the district’s current acting U.S. Attorney, Betsy Jividen. She has lead the office since Bush appointee Sharon L. Potter left in September 2009.

Obama also nominated John Vaudreuil to be U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin. Vaudreuil has served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the office since 1980 and is currently the office’s Criminal Chief.  Vaudreuil has lectured at the University of Wisconsin Law School since 1987, teaching evidence and trial advocacy. A senior litigation counsel, he’s also taught evidence and trial skills to prosecutors in the United States, Albania and the Czech Republic since 1992. If confirmed, Vaudreuil will replace the district’s current acting U.S. Attorney is Steve Sinnott, who took over for Bush U.S. Attorney Erik C. Peterson in June 2009.


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