Stephen Higgins

Stephen E. Higgins (born 1938) was the third Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms from 1983 to 1993, subsequently known as the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

Stephen E. Higgins
3rd Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms
In office
1983 - 1993
Appointed byDonald T. Regan
Preceded byG.R. Dickerson
Succeeded byJohn William Magaw

Life and careerEdit

Higgins joined the IRS Alcohol and Tobacco Tax Division (ATTD), predecessor of ATF, in 1961 in Omaha, Nebraska. After serving as acting director, Higgins was appointed by Treasury Secretary Donald T. Regan in 1983.[1] Higgins retired following a report faulting ATF for their handling of the Waco siege.[2]


  1. ^ UPI (March 30, 1983). Bureau Director Is Named. New York Times
  2. ^ Associated Press (September 28, 1993). Citing Waco Report, Agency Chief to Resign. Chicago Tribune

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