United States Associate Attorney General

The Associate Attorney General of the United States is the third-highest-ranking official in the U.S. Department of Justice. The associate attorney general advises and assists the attorney general and the deputy attorney general in policies relating to civil justice, federal and local law enforcement, and public safety matters.[1][2] The associate attorney general is appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate.[3]

United States Associate Attorney General
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Vanita Gupta

since April 22, 2021
United States Department of Justice
Reports toUnited States Attorney General
AppointerThe President
with Senate advice and consent
Term lengthNo fixed term
Constituting instrument28 U.S.C. § 504a
FormationMarch 10, 1977
First holderMichael J. Egan

The Office of the Associate Attorney General oversees the Antitrust Division, the Civil Division, the Environment and Natural Resources Division, the Tax Division, the Office of Justice Programs, the Community Oriented Policing Services, the Community Relations Service, the Office of Dispute Resolution, the Office of Violence Against Women, the Office of Information and Privacy, the Executive Office for United States Trustees, and the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission.[2]

The Office of the Associate Attorney General was created on March 10, 1977, by Attorney General Order No. 699-77.[1]

List of United States Associate Attorneys GeneralEdit

No. Portrait Name Years in office President
1 Michael J. Egan 1977–1979 Jimmy Carter
2   John H. Shenefield 1979–1981
3   Rudolph W. Giuliani 1981–1983 Ronald Reagan
4   D. Lowell Jensen 1983–1985
5 Arnold I. Burns 1985–1986
6   Stephen S. Trott 1986–1988
7   Frank Keating 1988–1990 George H. W. Bush
Vacant 1990–1992
8 Wayne Budd 1992–1993 George H. W. Bush
9 Webster Hubbell 1993–1994 Bill Clinton
10 John Schmidt 1994–1997
11   Raymond C. Fisher 1997–1999
12 Daniel Marcus 1999–2001
13 Jay B. Stephens 2001–2002 George W. Bush
  Peter Keisler * 2002–2003
14   Robert McCallum Jr. 2003–2006
  William W. Mercer * 2006–2007
  Gregory G. Katsas * 2007–2008
15   Kevin J. O'Connor 2008–2009
16   Thomas J. Perrelli 2009–2012 Barack Obama
17   Tony West 2012–2014
  Stuart F. Delery * 2014–2016
  William J. Baer * 2016–2017
  Jesse Panuccio * 2017 Donald Trump
18   Rachel Brand 2017–2018
  Jesse Panuccio * 2018–2019
  Claire McCusker Murray* 2019–2021
  Matthew Colangelo* 2021 Joe Biden
19   Vanita Gupta 2021–present
* Acting Associate Attorney General


  1. ^ a b "DOJ: JMD: MPS: Functions Manual: Attorney General". Retrieved September 22, 2007.
  2. ^ a b "USDOJ: Office of the Associate Attorney General". Retrieved September 22, 2007.
  3. ^ "US CODE: Title 28,504a. Associate Attorney General". Retrieved September 22, 2007.

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