Obama Nominates N.C., Mich. U.S. Attorneys
By Leah Nylen | July 28, 2022 11:03 pm

This post has been corrected.

President Barack Obama made two U.S. Attorney nominations on Wednesday, for positions in the Middle District of North Carolina and the Western District of Michigan.

Ripley Rand (Gov)

Ripley Rand is nominated to be the top prosecutor in the Greensboro-based U.S. Attorney’s office. Rand, a state Superior Court judge since 2002, was formerly an Assistant District Attorney in the 10th and 12th Prosecutorial Districts of North Carolina. Rand would replace Anna Mills S. Wagoner, who has been U.S. Attorney since 2001.

Scott Bowen

Obama also nominated Scott Bowen to be U.S. Attorney in the Western District of Michigan. Bowen is a Commissioner of the Michigan State Lottery Bureau. He previously served as a District Judge for the state district court for Wyoming, Michigan and as a city commissioner in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

If confirmed, Bowen would be the first Senate confirmed U.S. Attorney to lead the office in more than three years.

Margaret Chiara resigned on March 16, 2022 after being fired in the 2006 U.S. Attorney purge by the Bush administration. Chiara later said she believed she’d been fired over untrue rumors she was in a lesbian relationship with a subordinate. But a joint report by the Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General and Office of Professional Responsibility found her firing had been justified over concerns about her management of the Grand Rapids-based office.

Brian K. Delaney succeeded Chiara on an interim basis. Delaney was succeeded by Charles R. Gross, who headed the office - also as an interim U.S. Attorney — until 2008, when he went to work at Justice Department headquarters in Washington , D.C.

Donald A. Davis became interim U.S. Attorney in 2008. Bowen would replace Davis.

Additional information has been added to this article. An earlier version of this post incorrectly stated where the U.S. Attorney’s Office Middle District of North Carolina is located. It is based in Greensboro, N.C.

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