White House Pick Donald Washington Sworn in to Lead US Marshals Service

Donald Washington, Director of the U.S. Marshals Service
Donald Washington, Director of the U.S. Marshals Service

Donald Washington was sworn in as the new director of the U.S. Marshals Service on Friday with Chief Judge S. Maurice Hicks Jr. presiding and Chief Judge Carl E. Stewart of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals administering the oath of office in a ceremony at the Tom Stagg U.S. District Court, in Shreveport, Louisiana.

The Department of Justice will hold a ceremonial installation service for Washington at the Marshals headquarters, upon his arrival.

U.S. Attorney General William Barr
U.S. Attorney General William Barr

“We are thrilled to have Director Washington return to the Department,” said U.S. Attorney General William Barr.

“He brings a wealth of experience as a former U.S. Attorney and lawyer in various private and corporate capacities.”

“We look forward to formally welcoming him to the U.S. Marshals Service at a ceremony April 11th.”

President Donald Trump nominated Washington to lead the U.S. Marshals on Oct. 2, 2018, and the U.S. Senate confirmed his nomination March 14.

(Senator Bill Cassidy introduces U.S. Marshals Service director nominee Donald Washington at Judiciary hearing in November.  Courtesy of Senator Bill Cassidy and YouTube. Posted on Nov 28, 2018.)

A 1977 West Point graduate, Washington served in the U.S. Army and U.S. Army Reserve until 1987.

In 1989, he received his Juris Doctor from South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas, and after completing law school, Washington began his legal career as an attorney at Conoco Inc.

In 2001, Washington was appointed U.S. Attorney for Western Louisiana, by President George W. Bush, a 42-parish federal jurisdiction that includes Lafayette, Shreveport, Alexandria, Monroe and Lake Charles.

(Learn More and hear from Mr. Washington following his appointment as Temporary Marshal of the City Court of Lafayette in March 2018. Courtesy of KATC and YouTube. Posted on Mar 6, 2018.)

Washington served on several U.S. Attorney General’s Advisory Committees, as well as subcommittees on Civil Rights, Native American Issues, and Controlled Substances.

Washington also served as the Chairman of the Southeastern U.S. Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, and returned to private practice in Lafayette, Louisiana, in 2010.

Washington is the agency’s 11th director since the office was established in 1970.

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