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United States Deputy Attorney General is the second-highest-ranking official in the United States Department of Justicemarker. In the United States federal government, the Deputy Attorney General oversees the day-to-day operation of the Department of Justice, and may act as Attorney General during the absence of the Attorney General. The Deputy Attorney General is appointed by the President of the United States with the advice and consent of the United States Senate. The position was created in 1950.

On March 12, 2009, Barack Obama's nominee David W. Ogden was confirmed by the US Senate in a vote of 65-28

2007 Turnover

On May 14, 2007 Paul McNulty, then Deputy Attorney General, announced his resignation in a letter to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. At the time, McNulty was considered "the highest-ranking Bush administration casualty in the furor over the firing of U.S. attorneys."
Later, Gonzales himself would resign.


On July 18, 2007 President Bush announced his appointment of Craig S. Morford as acting Deputy Attorney General. Morford had been serving as the U.S. attorney in Nashville, Tennesseemarker, and was known for his successful prosecution of former Ohio Representative James Traficant on bribery charges.

List of United States Deputy Attorneys General

Name Years in Office
A. Devitt Vanech 1951 – 1952
William P. Rogers 1953 – 1957
Lawrence E. Walsh 1957 – 1960
Byron White 1961 – 1962
Nicholas Katzenbach 1962 – 1965
Ramsey Clark 1965 – 1967
Warren Christopher 1967 – 1969
Richard G. Kleindienst 1969 – 1972
Ralph E. Erickson 1972 – 1973
Joseph Sneed 1973
William Ruckelshaus 1973
Laurence Silberman 1974 – 1975
Harold R. Tyler, Jr. 1975 – 1977
Peter F. Flaherty 1977 – 1978
Benjamin R. Civiletti 1978 – 1979
Charles B. Renfrew 1980 – 1981
Edward C. Schmults 1981 – 1984
Carol E. Dinkins 1984 – 1985
D. Lowell Jensen 1985 – 1986
Arnold I. Burns 1986 – 1988
Harold G. Christensen 1988 – 1989
Donald B. Ayer 1989 – 1990
William P. Barr 1990 – 1991
George J. Terwilliger III 1992 – 1993
Philip B. Heymann 1993 – 1994
Jamie Gorelick 1994 – 1997
Eric Holder 1997 – 2001
Larry Thompson 2001 – 2003
James Comey 2003 – 2005
Paul McNulty 2005 – 2007
Craig Morford * 2007 – 2008
Mark Filip 2008 – 2009
David W. Ogden 2009 – present
* Acting Deputy Attorney General


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